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  • Light Sleeper

    Light Sleeper

    ★★★★

    When he's listening to the answering machine message over and over again is, as the kids like to say, a big fucking mood.

    And don't be fooled by other reviews, the soundtrack is great.

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    ★★★★

    I can't think of another sequel that stands alone from it's franchise quite like this one. Not having quite the reverence for the original, and intense dis-satisfaction with it's follow-ups help particularly here, but nonetheless my enthusiasm for this has remained steadfast. James Cameron, through much refinement of his style after his first film launched him into Hollywood's open arms, created a style that helped define the blockbuster in the decade of the 90's but did so much more as…

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  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★★

    One element I haven't seen much in the praise of this film is actually how funny it is. There is a subtle but direct layer of levity, which is mostly used to ease the very palpable tension. I saw it twice in theaters and both times one particular line got a hearty response from the audience. Nearly all of it surrounds the chemistry of it's two leads, and the individual choices they made regarding their characters.

    Tom Cruise (in arguably…

  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★★½

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

    There's a ruthlessness to James Caan's performance as Frank that cuts through like one of his tools of the safe-cracking trade. It's 100% pure alpha-male bravado, that can be quickly brought down to earth. Whether it's by his best friend or his wife, there is as equally no fear to the emotion he brings. That's one thing (of many) about Michael Mann's work that is so engaging, is how he shows his protagonists (as well as his antagonists, too) balancing…