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  • The Christmas Chronicles

    The Christmas Chronicles

    ★★

    This Netflix original Christmas movie is all pver the place. I like Kurt Russell in nearly anything, and I like his modern take on Santa...but the movie is kind of a mess. 

    Two Disney Channel caliber siblings are having a rough time since their dad died...and Christmas isn’t going to be the same without him. Then they discover Santa might be real, and they end up on adventure helping St.Nick out after they’re attempt to catch him on camera end…

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★

    I have always loved the Coen Brothers. They are probably my favorite still active filmmakers...and there is a really good chance that they top my list for all time. Even their lesser works, like their last movie "Hail, Caesar!" have some spark that I like. I love that they always do their own thing, they are not afraid to try something entirely new (at least for them), and that they know how to make something a bit sad or gut-bustingly…

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  • The Blob

    The Blob

    ★★★★

    One of those rare remakes that manages, in some ways, to best it's original. This movie should be mentioned in the same breath as "The Thing" and the "The Fly" more often than it is. It's a great horror movie with fantastic creature effects and some wonderfully gruesome deaths. 

    It doesn't take itself too seriously, but it has some of the best movie deaths I have ever seen. Really wonderful, and while it certainly has an air of the 1980s on it, it may actually hold up better than the original classic.

  • The Hidden Fortress

    The Hidden Fortress

    ★★★★½

    Akira Kurosawa was a badass of cinema. "The Hidden Fortress" is about two bickering greedy and dimwitted peasants who end up helping a General of the war they just lost bring a Princess and gold back to their home. 

    The film is funny as well as dramatic, and it has great cinematography (it is Kurosawa's first film in widescreen). This film in particular was a major influence on George Lucas when making the original "Star Wars" film. 

     I'd recommend Kurosawa films to anyone, and this is definitely a film worth seeing.