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  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
  • Home Alone
  • Gremlins
  • Die Hard

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  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    ★★★★★

  • Mo Amer: Mohammed in Texas

  • In the Line of Fire

    ★★★

  • Norm Macdonald: Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Trickery

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  • Killer's Kiss

    Killer's Kiss

    ★★★½

    (The Average Joe’s Movie Club Cast)

    Criterion Collection Spine #575 (Part 2)

    Stanley Kubrick's underrated sophomore feature was so much better than I expected.

    "It's crazy how you can get yourself in a mess sometimes and not even be able to think about it with any sense-and yet not be able to think about anything else."

    Like many young cinephiles Stanley Kubrick was my first favorite director, so why am I just now finishing off watching all his feature films.…

  • Ichi the Killer

    Ichi the Killer

    ★★★½

    (The Average Joe’s Movie Club Cast)
    Cringe Movie Bucket List
    (Foreign language film - Japanese)

    With a movie this brutal and depraved, of course we don't get the satisfaction of the best character being Ichi.

    "Listen, when you're giving pain to someone, don't think about the pain that person is feeling. Just concentrate on how good it feels to be causing someone pain. That's the best thing you can do for a true masochist!" ... I have a feeling Takashi…

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  • National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    ★★★★★

    It is a rare occasion when my wife wants to watch a movie, so it was a treat to spend time watching this seasonal favorite with her for the first time in a few years.

    "I don't know what to say, except it's Christmas and we're all in misery."

    There are always amusing new details to spot each time I check in on the Griswold's for their very relatable Christmas shenanigans:

    - I am starting to notice more how much…

  • Mo Amer: Mohammed in Texas

    Mo Amer: Mohammed in Texas

    I like to think of comedy as the great unifier.

    "You dip towards yourself ... You don't dip out! ... You're like, "Oh, I wanna taste like what it's like on that side ... Bitch, it's the same hummus
    on each side. Okay."

    I had never heard of Mo Amer before, but it was hilarious and touching getting to hear all about his middle eastern American perspective as a Texan. Bidets are really that popular around the world? I now feel so uncultured with my bathroom experience 🚽 😂.

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  • Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    ★★★★

    (RIP Harold Ramis: 1944 - 2014)

    Dusting off those old Proton Packs to honor the past, and look to the future.

    "I will always be a Ghostbuster."

    I did not come into Ghostbusters: Afterlife with any expectations, and as a long-time fan of the franchise it was so exciting to see the story continued like this. The movie takes us out to the middle of nowhere where Egon Spengler was preparing for the final stage of Gozer's
    apocalypse. But when…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

    An all new Spiderman comes into his own as Marvel and Sony unleash the Spider-Verse!

    "Wow, that is one hardcore origin story kid."

    The dazzling pages of a comic book come to life in this highly unique and imaginative animated film. For so long I have wanted to see a Spiderman movie that was not handcuffed to the constraints of a simple hero story and one or two villains. And Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse delivers that and much more as…