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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Double Indemnity
  • Wild Things
  • GoodFellas

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  • Blonde

    ½

  • Kingpin

    ★★★★

  • Step Brothers

    ★★★★★

  • Wrath of Man

    ★★★★½

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  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ½

    Blonde takes the most iconic actress to ever live and presents her in a nearly three hour depressing slog that simplifies her life to a series of traumas. It's completely monotone, stupid, and insulting to the viewer and Monroe herself. Worst of all, the movie has an inherent dishonesty as it's based on fictional novel about Monroe instead of her actual life—and this must've worked well for the creators since they could fully indulge in their victimhood fetish. Ana de Armas does her best but is wasted in this miserable garbage.

  • Kingpin

    Kingpin

    ★★★★

    Kind of like a low-brow precursor to The Big Lebowski, the silly slapstick humor in Kingpin succeeds thanks to all around amusing performances and a fun plot. It's a little overlong, but entertaining throughout and even works well as a sports movie. Woody Harrelson is wonderful, Bill Murray fits his role superbly, and the very sexy Vanessa Angel rounds out the cast well.

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  • Unforgiven

    Unforgiven

    ★★★★½

    A subversion of the classic western, Unforgiven takes that American myth and reconstructs it as a rough tale of damaged characters with difficult pasts. This is cleverly represented by the biographer character who writes his tales of the old west as the heroic ideal while being privy to the gritty reality. Aside from the layered characterizations, this really is standardly plotted, but very well made with great tension, acting, and some humor.

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ½

    Princess Diana's mental state presented as an arthouse horror film. I guess we'll never know if Diana's life in royalty was anything approaching the exaggerated mental torment shown here (and I'm no expert) but the filmmakers clearly want to present her as a heavily tortured victim. Watching her on the brink of a constant psychotic breakdown—complete with hallucinations and screeching music—is monotonous, sensationalist, and feels demeaning as a character study. This irritating nonsense even has the audacity to end with KFC product placement (seriously).