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  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    ★★★★

  • X-Men

    ★★½

  • Need for Speed

    ★★

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★½

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  • Cast Away

    Cast Away

    ★★★★★

    Cast Away epitomizes isolation in film.

    In the first act, our main character – Fed Ex executive Chuck Noland, played masterfully by Tom Hanks – is never alone. He’s with co-workers or family and friends during the busy holiday season, but his work rips him away from the comfort of company and puts him on a plane for a business trip.

    Things go horribly wrong on that flight, and he winds up stranded on an island in the Pacific Ocean.…

  • No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    ★★★★★

    “If the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use was the rule?”

    No Country For Old Men is sort of a western and sort of not. And it’s sort of a noir and sort of not. It’s difficult to place this offering from the Coen Bros. in a box of one genre. So, let’s just say this: it’s a thrilling masterpiece.

    Each line of dialogue, each shot, each decision is handled with care. It is technically incredible,…

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  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    ★★★★

    This ain’t no ancient culture here, mister.”
    “Sometimes, it is.”

    Patient, gritty, detailed and real. This a film that rewards a viewer who is paying attention, one that isn’t rushed. And it’s a really interesting piece of filmmaking, accompanied by a really fantastic score and soundtrack. It’s really a western that uses a gangster-mob plot as a vehicle, then it’s meshed with 90s hip-hop culture and soaked with tributes to Japanese film. It’s strange, unique and kicks ass.

    Shoutout to the brief Jamie Hector cameo. And to Uncle Junior’s lawyer, aka Handsome Frank.

  • X-Men

    X-Men

    ★★½

    I was 8 when this movie came out. It was the first DVD I ever owned, and was basically my gateway drug into becoming the comics nerd I am today.

    I’m sure that’s true for a bunch of other millennials too.

    Anyway, it still slaps, and has Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen throwing their fastballs.

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  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★½

    “Vengeance won’t change the past.”

    A dark and epic detective noir, which mixes elements of crime, mob and psychological thriller movies into a compelling film. It’s long, but it might be the most interesting and the most unique Batman film. Aside from a few neat Wayne gadgets, this is a film that largely does without superhero bullshit, and the viewer is better for it. It all feels pretty real, and gritty.

    Robert Pattinson is excellent as the Dark Knight, but…

  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

    ★★★★

    “Brick, where’d you get a hand grenade?”

    An absolutely absurd movie that shouldn’t work under any circumstance, but is hilarious and captivating in a “holy shit did he just say that?” fashion in every step of the way.

    My only complaint is that we should’ve gotten more of Vince Vaughn’s Wes Mantooth.

    Anyways — I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like this movie.