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  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing

    ★★★★★

    This movie is a true epic, taking place in a world that seems so populated that the script could have suddenly started following some minor bit-part character and still been an extremely compelling story. I love every little bit of it, and every time it ends I get sad that I'd just seen a movie and not the pilot to a TV show that ran for five seasons (the ideal length for 80% of TV shows.)

  • A History of Violence

    A History of Violence

    ★★★★★

    I saw this is a 1/3rd full theater in Toronto like a week after it came out, and I laughed like a homicidal lunatic through so much of it. It's FUNNY! This movie is intentionally FUNNY! Having a fight in the front yard of your idilic home in your picturesque little small town, where you smash a guy in the face with the palm of your hand until he falls down, brain damaged and choking to death on his own…

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  • Judge Dredd

    Judge Dredd

    ★½

    This, to me, is a defining entry in the REAL Sylvester Stallone canon. That canon doesn't include his most famous movies, entries like First Blood, or Rocky, because those are thoughtful outliers, filled with heart and compassion, in a filmography that otherwise is made up of shit with titles like "Good Kill", "Cop & Cop II" and "Tough Guy, but Funny(???)". This is an important Stallone canon entry because it includes everything he is most famous for: gratuitous violence, zero charisma…

  • Blood Simple

    Blood Simple

    ★★★★

    I was listening to an audiobook about the independent film scene of the late 80's/early 90's and the narrator described Blood Simple as "an effective, nasty little thriller" and honestly what else do you need to say about it?