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  • The Gentlemen

    The Gentlemen

    ★★

    2020 Ranked
    Seen in Theaters

    Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen plays with the same heavy narration of Adam McKay‘s recent work blended with the juvenile sense of humor of Deadpool and the cartoonish violence/antics/Britishness of Kingsman. It is essentially two hours of well-dressed men calling one another a “cunt” and worrying about the size of their dicks. In other words, it was not my thing. There is a classic Guy Ritchie crime film buried within this sea of modern influences and…

  • Doc

    Doc

    ★★★½

    By the time Frank Perry’s ‘Doc’ came out, the story of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday and the gunfight at the OK Corral had already received a plethora of retellings. However, in this revisionist western, the two classic heroes are shown to be villainous and greedy men. It is a film of dirt and grime with characters covered in filth, either literally or figuratively as they stoop as low as necessary to line their pockets. It twists the well told…

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  • American Gigolo

    American Gigolo

    ★★★½

    The 1980s, 13/100
    1980 Ranked

    Julian Kaye (Richard Gere) oozes charisma. He confidently strides into whatever room is going in, as though it were in the palm of his hand. He sees a woman and walks up to her without hesitation. He is also a gigolo. He is run by Anne (Nina van Pallandt) who procures dates for him - where Julian gets a favorable 60/40 split, plus 100% of any repeat visits. His clientele is generally older women, ones…

  • Two Rode Together

    Two Rode Together

    ★★★★

    The Twilight Time Challenge, 48/100

    John Ford’s Two Rode Together is a complex film. On the surface, it struggles with its portrayal of Comanches as savages and as a corruptive force in the west, but it also shows the prejudice of white people that makes Comanche society superior in the eyes of people who experienced both. It strives for nuance more than most films of its kind would even think about, which is a credit to Ford’s skill as a…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

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

    2016 Ranked
    Top 100 Films
    Seen in Theaters

    Postmodernism is a film theory that suggests that there is nothing original anymore. If it could be made, it has been made and we are doomed to simply remake a once original idea in perpetuity. Postmodernism also includes ideas regarding nostalgia and hyperreality, positing that cities such as Los Angeles may physically be real, but are in fact, dream worlds that are not actually there. In Damien Chazelle's latest work and, dare…

  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★½

    2011 Ranked

    Forgive me father, for I have sinned. When I saw Drive for the first time in 2013, I had just finished my first film class in high school and was set to graduate from high school in a few weeks. Now, a week and a half removed from finishing college a semester early, it was time to atone for the sins of my youth. Unacquainted with good films at the time aside from the ones I saw in…