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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    All the things I was looking for in the first one (flashy tech, deep metaphysics), I found in the second. Gosling carries the movie well. It’s beautifully filmed and well paced considering its length. Dunno what it’s legacy will be compared to the original but I liked it more.

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★½

    This was one on my list that I was embarrassed to have never seen, so I figured I'd rectify that in time to see the sequel. I find the metaphysical stuff interesting, if skin deep. But the noir setting of future LA is note perfect. And while a lot of the special effects are caught in the 80s, some still hold. It must have been a marvel to see this in 1982. On top of it all, Harrison Ford is great. I don't see genius but it is a fun, atmospheric popcorn flick.

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  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    ★★

    Nothing to contribute that hasn't already been produced by the orgy of bad reviews. This one should have been much better due to the cast.

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★★★★

    Seems like every movie released nowadays is either a prestige piece, a box office bonanza with roided out dudes and/or robots destroying a city while trying to kill each other because fragile masculinity, or an indie where the white person goes out into the world to find themselves. Movies are supposed to be fun, dammit and "The Nice Guys" does a great job of reminding us why. Good cast, good lines, good from start-to-finish. I wish Shane Black made a movie like this every year. Hopefully now that he's freed from Marvel's greasy tentacles, he can go back to doing what he does best.