Favorite films

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • The Third Man
  • City of God

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  • Police Story 3: Super Cop

    ★★★★

  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

    ★★★★½

  • Police Story 2

    ★★★

  • Top Gun

    ★★½

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  • Larva

    Larva

    ★★

    HALF-O-WEEN 2022!
    Day 29 / Movie 28

    Yet another SyFy (then Sci-Fi) channel creature feature, but one with a subtly different tone. At some point, the network seemed to more or less acknowledge that its movies were all garbage, and start approaching them with a campy, tongue-in-cheek tone that would gradually culminate in silly fluff like SHARKNADO. But that hadn't happened yet in 2005, and LARVA clearly believes itself to be a real film. Not that it thinks it's THE…

  • The Gathering

    The Gathering

    ★★

    HALF-O-WEEN 2022!
    Day 28 / Movie 27

    [[watched the shorter 86-minute American cut]]

    The other early-2000's Christina Ricci horror boondoggle which was butchered into incoherence by the Weinsteins and flopped into dismal obscurity thereafter. Unlike CURSED, this one didn't even have the benefit of a marquee horror icon as director, and consequently has been all but totally forgotten. And not, like, wrongly; there was no evidence prior to the movie's premier that director Brian Gilbert (NOT WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER, TOM…

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  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    ★★★★½

    After noticing how janky and malnourished TERMINATOR 3 and DARK FATE are despite featuring plots virtually identical to the universally beloved JUDGEMENT DAY, I decided to go back and check if this was really as good as I remembered.

    And it is! I'm happy to inform you that this fucking rocks. It is not, on the whole, very different from those two sequels, except that instead of being middling and muddled, it's in fact very excellent and focused.

    Part of…

  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    ★★★★½

    One thing that stands out to me on this watch is how surprisingly broad the ensemble is. I assume this is the result of adapting a novel*, but normally you'd probably be fine paring this down to just the basics; all you really need are John, Holly, Hans, and, arguably, Al (since otherwise John has no one to talk to). But instead the movie is lousy with side characters and subplots. Argyle, Thornburg, Ellis, Takagi, the FBI guys, Al, Robinson,…