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  • Moulin Rouge!

    ★★½

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    ★★★★

  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before

  • The Nice Guys

    ★★★★

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  • Manhunter

    Manhunter

    ★★★★½

    Have you ever seen blood in the moonlight, Will? It appears quite black.

    Eeriness and terror, bathed in Spinotti’s blues and set to a moody synth rock score. There are two scenes that stick out to me as particular high points. One is between Graham and his son, where Graham explains how he does his job. He’s good at catching bad guys because he can learn how to think like them; he puts bad guys away while walking on the…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    I’m gonna die historic on the Fury Road!

    Thus commences the greatest chase sequence set to film. The speaker is Nux, a war boy, one of the cancer-ridden pieces of cannon fodder who’s life consists of putting the pedal to the metal in the service of his false god, Immortan Joe. Joe’s kingdom, the Citadel, is a diseased society, both in that almost everybody suffers the effects of radiation poisoning, and, more importantly for this review, in its unhealthy sexual…

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  • Moulin Rouge!

    Moulin Rouge!

    ★★½

    Christian, you may see me only as a drunken, vice-ridden gnome whose friends are just pimps and girls from the brothels. But I know about art and love, if only because I long for it with every fiber of my being.

    Heh. Ok pal, ok.

    There’s potential for something meaningful and introspective amongst all the crazed gaudiness and melodramatic flair. The Roxanne number even had me feeling for a brief few minutes that Baz could feel the emptiness of the…

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    ★★★★

    Why is the rum always gone?

    I realized after finishing this that Gore Verbinski might actually be one of my favorite filmmakers. His blockbusters have a lush cinematic style that matches QT’s, stride for stride; the fact that he always works with my favorite composer doesn’t hurt at all.

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  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★★★★

    Ok… well… we shall see.

    I’m glad I waited to see this until after I watched The Big Lebowski and read some Raymond Chandler. Gosling & Crowe is one of the best comedic pairings in the 21st century.

  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★½

    A sweet little movie about friendship and Vespas… if that’s what you let it be.

    Or you could be one of those societally destructive people who want to read sexuality into each and every film about male friendship that comes out of Hollywood (pun intended.) A culture so obsessed with embracing aberrant lifestyles that it destroys the basic relational building blocks of society is a culture on the brink of death. There’s nothing wholesome about grown ups looking at little boys and thinking “aw so sweet, budding sexuality.” Last time I checked, that borders heavily on p*dophilia.