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  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★★

    "Nazi ain't got no humanity."

    I don't shave as often as I should, and therefore have a perpetual five o'clock shadow. But whenever I do shave, I always get a little razor burn on my neck, just below my Adam's apple. It looks a little like a scar. And whenever I see that, I think of Aldo Raine. It gives me false hope that one day I might be half as cool as Brad Pitt.

    It really speaks to the…

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★½

    "You only need to hang mean bastards.
    But mean bastards, you need to hang!"

    Was 4.0, now 4.5.

    Possibly my least favourite of Quentin's post-Death Proof output, but I've definitely warmed to the cold theatrics of The Hateful Eight through this revisit. Ennio Morricone's score is sensational, Robert Richardson's 70mm cinematography leaves an indelible impression, and the ensemble are all near-perfect (in particular Jackson and Goggins). Admittedly the mystery angle does lose some lustre upon re-watches, but the overall tension…

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  • Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    Steamboat Bill, Jr.

    ★★★★½

    More Buster, more brilliance. There are sequences in this film that demand your respect. Notably, those stunts in the climax have yet to be topped, even if many artists over the years have attempted to replicate that famous falling house. Not as transcendent as The General, but still remarkable.

  • A Bucket of Blood

    A Bucket of Blood

    ★★★★

    "Nobody knows that Walter Paisley is born."

    Murder as art, only this time meant more literally than in a giallo.
    Dick Miller was a legend, and deserves to be celebrated.
    I should definitely check out other Corman pictures.
    More movies need to be 65 minutes long.

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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.

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★½

    "Immigrants: they get the job done."

    Rian, you've done it again. Absolute legend.

    I suspected Knives Out would be to my liking, and I wasn't disappointed in the slightest. The film seemingly begins as a murdery cousin of The Royal Tenenbaums - with each member of the Thrombey family introduced as a promising suspect - before revealing itself to be a much deeper, more meaningful fable in its midsection. You get a masterly whodunnit to be sure, just with a…