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  • 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.

  • 3:10 to Yuma

    3:10 to Yuma

    ★★★★½

    A sharp, powerful film about shame and expectations and responsibility. One of the best modern westerns, with one of the best scores I've ever heard. Terrific performances from both Bale and Crowe, not to mention a young(er) Logan Lerman, Alan Tudyk, and even Peter Fonda. Gorgeous photography from Phedon Papamichael, and James Mangold's usual balletic blend of exterior toughness and internal warmth. Absolutely fantastic.

  • Mission: Impossible III

    Mission: Impossible III

    ★★★★

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

    You could call MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III the first "real" MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE film. The original was more interested in blowing up/subverting the show's tropes and expectations, and II was just John Woo doing his John Woo thing. III is still far more Ethan-centric than an true team/ensemble film would be, but it has more to do for the supporting cast, and it leans further into the heist/team elements than the previous films did (particularly in the spectacularly satisfying Vatican sequence, where,…

  • Mission: Impossible II

    Mission: Impossible II

    ★★★★

    Shit, y'all, I kinda loved MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 2??

    It's by far the most maligned of the series, and indeed, I remember hating it both when it came out, and when I revisited it years later. But it kinda rocks?!?

    Like, it's deeply stupid. Deeply. The plot is astonishingly basic, so basic the screenplay lampshades this fact in dialogue:

    HUNT
    I think Nekhorovich created a monster virus in Chimera. And you need an antivirus to kill it called Bellerophon.

    LUTHOR
    That…

  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★★

    A nearly perfect action thriller, the original MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE not only holds up after all these years, but actually seems to have anticipated the wave of film adaptations deconstructing or blowing up their source material. I remember the idea of Jim Phelps being a villain ludiocrous at the time (fond, as I was, of the '80s reboot MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE TV series) and his betrayal of the team left a sour taste in my mouth. Over the years I've come to…