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  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★½

    Definitely holds merit as a character study.

    This movie is stylish, visually interesting, and takes its time (perhaps too long) to set up a tense confrontation between the key players. Unfortunately the film did not deliver upon its promises and left me feeling Ike there was something missing.

    In the end the film feels like a “slice of life” film, set on a very strange violent night.

  • Shin Godzilla

    Shin Godzilla

    ★★★★

    Definitely the scariest looking Godzilla to date. Looks at the creature’s arrival and havoc as though it is a natural disaster from the perspective of Japanese government officials. If you don’t mind movies with a significant amount of talking, the scenes with Godzilla make it worth the wait. 

    Very different from its contemporary, Godzilla: King if the Monsters. For one, there is only the one monster. Second, the film feels distinctly Japanese. While King of the Monsters May be a better popcorn muncher, this one is much more intellectually stimulating.

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  • Quigley Down Under

    Quigley Down Under

    ★★★

    A solid western. Although the story is nothing special, the Austrailian setting and plot elements add character to the film. 

    Quigley is a little bit of a Mary Sue and White savior. I wish that the writers had spent as much time developing Quigley’s character, as they did expounding on his experimental rifle and ammunition. The character of Cora is ultimately more engaging because she is given a modicum of backstory, which later informs her actions. 

    While the acting is fine enough, it is the practical stunts and the entirely on location setting of Australia which makes this film worthwhile for western enthusiasts.

  • Bloodsport

    Bloodsport

    ★★★

    If you like martial arts you will like Bloodsport. Although the plot is simple, the fight choreography is awesome. Definitely worth a watch.