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  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★★★½

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

    Bond-A-Thon 2018 (formerly 2017)
    Film #24: Spectre (2015)

    Directed by Sam Mendes
    Starring Daniel Craig as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007

    *This review contains spoilers for the movie Spectre and the short story Octopussy. You have been warned.*

    "I think we're meant to be impressed."

    Michael G. Wilson once said something in an interview which I think about a lot. I looked it up just to be sure, and the exact quote (said in 2008 during publicity for Quantum of…

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall

    ★★★★½

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

    Bond-A-Thon 2018 (formerly 2017)
    Film #23: Skyfall (2012)

    Directed by Sam Mendes
    Starring Daniel Craig as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007

    *This review contains spoilers for the movie Skyfall, as well as for the movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service and the novel You Only Live Twice. You have been warned.*

    "Last Rat Standing."

    2012 was an amazing time to be a Brit. There were no divisive referendums to worry about. The Royal Wedding had just happened a year earlier.…

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  • The Big Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski

    ★★★★★

    "The Dude. Takin' 'er easy for all us sinners."

    The Big Lebowski was the first Coen brothers movie I ever saw, and it's still easily my favourite of their storied output. Authentically Bohemian in a way few films are, Lebowski's plot ultimately goes nowhere, and yet feels like it leads everywhere: from psychotic pederasts to ineffectual nihilists, with some league bowling situated in-between. The end result is a splendid synthesis of unorthodox humour, distinctive personalities, and a quintessential stoner soundtrack,…

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★½

    Tentative 4.5. May re-rate.

    "Sir, your hand is bleeding."

    Well, I reckon purposefully avoiding all of Adam Sandler's other movies finally paid off, because I could focus on how tremendous his performance is in this without any gruesome comedic spectres hanging over me.

    Arguably the most unique of PT Anderson's cinematic excursions to date, Punch-Drunk Love could be described (inadequately) as a fusion of the industrial claustrophobia of '70s science fiction and the lighthearted whimsy of an old French film:…

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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.

  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights

    ★★★★★

    "I think Heaven has sent you here, Dirk Diggler."

    Well damn. I went into Boogie Nights with sky-high expectations, but I didn't think for a second it would actually meet them so thoroughly.

    Hard Eight was a great hors d'oeuvre to be sure, but this... this is practically PT Anderson's mission statement. On paper, it's a conventional rise and fall story set against the backdrop of the Golden Age of Porn. But in execution, every glance, every line delivery, every…