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  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    ★★★★★

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

    "What is Sankara?"
    "Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory."

    Raiders of the Lost Ark and Temple of Doom are essentially two sides of the same coin. One film flirts with horror and violence, the other embraces it. Where the former transcends the B-movies that inspired it, the latter immerses itself in their goofy influence and never looks back. As a result, the characters are broader, the punches hit harder, and the typically Spielbergian gags are more outlandish than ever…

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ★★★★★

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

    "Indiana, we are simply passing through history.
    This...
    This is history."

    I always hesitate when faced with writing about a movie that I consider perfect. After all, there's only so many times you can adequately convey the brilliance of something before you start to sound repetitive. This is a bit of a problem, because I think Raiders of the Lost Ark is (to borrow an expression from Mary Poppins) practically perfect in every way, and now I have to try…

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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★★

    "Here it is, Baby: your killer track."

    Where do I even begin? How can I use mere words to describe something so transcendent? How do I review Baby Driver without rambling like a lunatic?

    Well, since you're already here, I'll give it a try.

    Just to clarify, I saw Baby Driver at a preview screening at 8pm last night, with a crowd of around 50+ people. To their credit, they behaved impeccably. If that's not a perfect cinema audience, I…

  • Superman

    Superman

    ★★★★★

    "Do you have a girlfriend?"
    "...if I did, Miss Lane, you'd be the first to know about it."

    I remembered that this movie was good.
    I didn't remember it being that good.

    Just to be clear, I love Flash Gordon, Batman '89, and Batman Returns more than I probably should. But if Richard Donner's Superman isn't the greatest, most charming, and most joyful comic book movie of the 20th century, I don't know what is.

    Every element of the production…