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  • In the Line of Fire

    In the Line of Fire

    ★★

    This movie sure is a whole lot of 90s nonsense.

    Rene Russo's character should have been called Studio Note. She is so inconsequential to everything in the film other than to "appeal to the ladies" by giving someone for Eastwood to creepily flirt with. I had to hold my vomit every time they talked.

    Malkovich is a pretty solid villain per usual but I'm mostly shook by the fact that this movie 25 years old and Eastwood was even considered old THEN. It's nuts that he's still working. Jury is still out though if I admire or cringe at that fact.

  • The Front Runner

    The Front Runner

    ★★★★

    It's odd to look upon this film's story and think of it as quaint by comparison to today's political maelstrom but all things have small beginnings and I suppose this could certainly be considered the beginning of our current American shit storm.

    Jason Reitman does his best to pull out every bit of drama from the story and it largely works thanks to tremendous acting work by Jackman, Farmiga, and Simmons. I especially liked his touches of 70s political thrillers to make this feel both wonderfully old fashioned and fresh at the same time.

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  • Bowling for Columbine

    Bowling for Columbine

    ★★★★★

    Michael Moore has the power to turn people against each other in record time if you happen to disagree on his merits as a documentary filmmaker but with Bowling For Columbine I truly believe he defined a time period of American history better than any other cinematic resource. He asks some very difficult questions here that ultimately can't be answered definitively but as a conversation starter this is perfection.
    The saddest thing about it though is that 10 years later…

  • Argo

    Argo

    ★★★★★

    If someone had told me ten years ago that Ben Affleck was about to direct three standout films in a row with the third film destined for numerous Oscar nominations, I would have slapped said person hard and unleashed a barrage of expletives at him/her with a thick (and horribly fake) Boston accent. At the time no one would have thought me out of line, but sure enough, Affleck has proven me wrong in a very big way.

    In many…