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  • Face/Off

    Face/Off

    ★★★★½

    Happy to report this absolute bonkers pinnacle of '90s action filmmaking still completely holds up.

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

    ★★★

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

    None of the Pirates of the Caribbean films is perfect. They suffer from awkward plotting, occasional bloatedness, a dollop of misogyny and racism, and, of course, an excess (that is to say, any at all) of Johnny Depp.

    But they're a hell of a lot of fun, and it's so frustrating that Hollywood took the wrong lesson from their success. These films are not popular because of Depp. They are popular in spite of him. Even before I knew he…

  • Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors

    Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors

    ★★★½

    Fun & cute, though a bit unfocused at times, and the action needed a lot of work. Totally enjoyable, though!

  • RoboCop

    RoboCop

    ★★★★

    DEAD OR ALIVE YOU'RE COMING WITH ME

  • The Thin Man

    The Thin Man

    ★★★★

    A fun, breezy romp, kinda a mess of a script, but the incredible chemistry between the two leads absolutely saves it.

  • Patriot Games

    Patriot Games

    ★★★

    It's fine. It lacks both the charm and the technical mastery HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER displays, but it has a touch more personality than the incredibly bland CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★½

    The best STAR WARS. This close to being perfect. Blows me away more and more every time I see it.

  • The Hunt for Red October

    The Hunt for Red October

    ★★★★★

    Will never get tired of this one. John McTiernan's finest film.

  • Ghostbusters

    Ghostbusters

    ★★★★★

    This movie holds up incredibly well. Venkman is a fool and a creep, but the movie kinda knows this and doesn't really align itself with his perspective. The Peter-Dana dynamic could have still gone very wrong, had they not cast Sigourney Weaver in the role; the strength of her performance rescues the character Dana from being overshadowed by Murray's shenanigans.

    As for the rest of the film, I think the reason it succeeds so much is because it mixes its…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    Hot damn, y'all, the hype is real.

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★★

    WHY WOULD TRAVOLTA'S CHARACTER TAKE UNDEVELOPED FILM OUT OF A CAMERA IN A BRIGHTLY-LIT ROOM

  • Cop Land

    Cop Land

    ★★★★½

    Fuck, this movie is so good. Sad and brutal and cynical; it's hip to call movies "contemporary westerns" for little to no reason, but this one certainly fits the bill. An amazing cast all give grungy, fiery performances, & the script and shooting both are tight and economical, even in the longer director's cut. James Mangold made a true classic here -- and dang, he was a lot more "woke" about the police than I think a lot of white dudes were in 1997.