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  • Hook

    Hook

    ★★★

    JMN's Berg-A-Thon
    Day #14 - Hook (1991)

    "I've just had an apostrophe!"
    "I think you mean an epiphany."

    It's appropriate that Hook begins with a stage production of Peter Pan, because aside from a few fleeting moments of consequence, the drama that unfolds boasts all the verisimilitude of your average pantomime. From the ludicrous art direction to the overly-picturesque London, the production almost feels like it was carried out by a Spielberg-wannabe, rather than the real thing.

    That's not to…

  • Always

    Always

    ★★★½

    JMN's Berg-A-Thon
    Day #13 - Always (1989)

    "My engine's on fire! Can you believe that? And I was in such a good mood..."

    With its schmaltzy narrative and relentless dollops of sentimentality, Always appears to have become one of the most derided pictures in Spielberg's filmography. That being said, I still found it to be a satisfactory romantic drama, with enough appealing elements to keep viewers engaged throughout.

    A remake of A Guy Named Joe, one of Spielberg and Richard…

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  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★

    "Who are you?"
    "Odin Himself."

    Tight, tense, and terrifying. Green Room may be this generation's Assault on Precinct 13. It's certainly more gripping than Blue Ruin, mostly by virtue of having better protagonists. Anton Yelchin is fantastic, and so are his band mates. I just wish every character got more screen time - I don't know if that's a good sign or a bad one. Either way, I actually want to watch this again, like, right now.

    And speaking as a Scott Pilgrim fan, it was pretty sweet to see Mark Webber again (Stephen Stills!), even if he's almost unrecognisable as a Neo-Nazi skinhead.

  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    ★★★★½

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

    JMN's Berg-A-Thon
    Day #12 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

    "Our situation has not improved."

    He may be the ultimate adventure hero, but even Indiana Jones cannot beat the law of diminishing returns. Therefore, while everyone else praises Last Crusade as a perennial favourite, I must assume the role of that one naysayer who goes: "yeah, 'tis pretty good, but it's not the first two, innit?"

    In fairness, almost all of my issues with Last Crusade apply only…