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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★★

    "Suzy Bannion decided to perfect her ballet studies in the most famous school of dance in Europe. She chose the celebrated academy of Freiburg. One day, at nine in the morning, she left Kennedy airport, New York, and arrived in Germany at 10:40pm local time..."

    Between Suspiria and Star Wars, 1977 was an amazing year for cinematic fairytales. I haven't seen everything Argento has done - stay tuned for reviews of his '80s movies - but this is still easily…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★½

    "This isn't vanity. This is art!"

    Nope.

    I went into this remake suspecting that I wouldn't adore it like I do Suspiria '77, but still hopeful that it might surprise me. And it did... just not in a good way. I respect that this is a new take, and should be judged on its own merits, but even when viewed as a standalone endeavour I found Suspiria '18 to be little more than a dour disappointment. Though never boring, the…

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  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    "Here's to swimmin' with bow-legged women."

    The most badass trio.
    The most villainous animal.
    The most recognisable theme.
    And definitely the best pre-mortem one-liner.

    I rated Jaws a 4.5 when I did the Berg-A-Thon three years ago.

    Clearly I was a fool. This is a five star movie if ever there was one.

    All that, and it's a rare summer blockbuster which is actually about the summer season.

  • A Few Good Men

    A Few Good Men

    ★★★★½

    "We were supposed to fight for people who couldn't fight for themselves."

    I forgot how superb this is. Regardless of what you think about Aaron Sorkin's recent output, the screenplay for A Few Good Men is airtight. Every man and his dog knows how epic that showdown between Cruise and Nicholson is - mostly because it's been quoted to death - but everything leading up to the climax is similarly thrilling. One of the consummate legal dramas, and another feather in director Rob Reiner's cap.

    Also, I streamed this on 4K, and it looked amazing. I could spend hours looking at the inside of that courtroom.

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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.

  • Top Secret!

    Top Secret!

    ★★★★½

    "I know a little German. He's sitting over there."

    10 reasons why Top Secret! is better than Airplane!:

    1. Spy movies are, like, far more fun than airplane movies.

    2. Val Kilmer > Robert Hays.

    3. That soundtrack is legitimately great.

    4. The central romance is developed in more interesting ways, and feels more engaging.

    5. There's a villain this time, and he's actually pretty good.

    6. The idea that several time periods seem to co-exist (Nazi Germany; 50's and 60's…