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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Chinatown
  • The Shining
  • Drive

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  • Frogs

    ★★

  • The Mark of Zorro

    ★★★

  • Memory

    ★★½

  • Sunday Bloody Sunday

    ★★★

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  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I’ll preface this by saying there’s nothing wrong with the idea of ‘Promising Young Woman.’ There’s nothing wrong with making films that approach this subject matter. I’d even encourage filmmakers to make films in this vein; it’s largely untested cinematic territory and in the right hands a film like this could be phenomenal. That being said, ‘Promising Young Woman’ is not that film. Not to me, at least. This won’t be a positive review (or a short one, sorry), but…

  • 2010

    2010

    ★★★

    It simply isn’t possible to discuss this film without taking the original film into account - Stanley Kubrick’s legendary ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.’ Being one of the most widely revered films ever made as well as my own personal favorite, it sets a high (if not downright unreachable) bar for anyone who dare attempt a sequel to it, if a sequel could even be achieved at all. That was a film made by a literal genius, years in the making,…

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  • Gold

    Gold

    ★★★

    What bothers me above all else when it comes to today’s Hollywood movie stars is how image obsessed they all seem to be. Far too many of today’s top leading actors are visibly committed to upholding a certain idea of what they should be no matter what film they’re in or what character they’re playing. There’s no element of realism, no thrill, no nuance and it’s the complete absence of nuance in so many of modern cinema’s more popular characters…

  • Royal Flash

    Royal Flash

    ★★★½

    Unfortunate. Just…unfortunate. Richard Lester’s 1975 comedy/adventure hybrid seems to have all but vanished into the far corners of film obscurity, a fate arguably worse than death for those attempting to make some form of lasting, cinematic art. ‘75 was a year filled with New Hollywood classics: from the (deservedly) Oscar-sweeping ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ to one of Stanley Kubrick’s finest works, ‘Barry Lyndon, it’s a year that has rightfully gone down as one of the best in cinema…

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    The Ultimate Trip

    ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.’ Where to begin. How to begin? What words could I possibly come up with that could encapsulate just how much I adore this film? To summarize my love of it would be to summarize my love of cinema, something that just can’t be done in one review. A film many have called the pinnacle of science fiction cinema, a film that has entranced viewers since its release almost 52 years ago, a film…

  • The Two Jakes

    The Two Jakes

    ★★★

    The neo-noir genre wouldn’t be what it is today without 1974’s ‘Chinatown.’ It was a film that should’ve changed Hollywood, a film composed of the very best 70’s filmmaking techniques in every respect. Watching that film is watching the creative peak of everyone involved (and by extension Hollywood and its entire culture), due to their individual passion for the subject matter and the close knit community that the film’s production was made up of. Suffice to say, a sequel would…