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  • Cobra
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • King Kong

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  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    ★★★

  • The Last Voyage of the Demeter

    ★★★½

  • Mission: Impossible

    ★★★★

  • Event Horizon

    ★★★

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  • King Kong

    King Kong

    ★★★★★

    Several years before Citizen Kane, King Kong set a standard for the cinematic experience, opting for spectacle and breakthrough special effects. If Kane is a seminal film from an all-around quality point of view, then Kong is a seminal film that built the stage for future blockbusters like Jurassic Park. King Kong is the great grandaddy of the modern summer tent-pole action/adventure blockbuster.

    The special effects by Willis O'Brien were surprisingly sophisticated for 1933. He had shown off his work…

  • Cobra

    Cobra

    ★★★★★

    Well, I know I teased a review of The Arena in my last review, and I still plan to unleash it upon you, but something caught my eye along the way. I read someone's review for Cobra, realized that I held Cobra among my favorites list in my profile, and yet *gasp*....I did not have a review for it. Heaven's to Betsy! Think of my credibility!! So let's take a sidetrip before I sit and watch half-naked female gladiators throw…

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  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    ★★★

    I'm not a fan of celebrity news. In a world that's crazy with corruption and war and murder and devastation and starvation and poverty and streaming options, the last thing I truly care about is Brad Pitt leaving Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie. So it happened in 2005, but in 2024 I feel the same. Taylor Swift is going to dump Travis Kelce and write two whole albums about him seven months apart, and Twitter or X or whatever the…

  • The Last Voyage of the Demeter

    The Last Voyage of the Demeter

    ★★★½

    Budget: $45 million
    Box office: $21.8 million

    What the hell were you all going out to see that led to this overlooked gem flopping so hard??

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  • The Birds

    The Birds

    ★★★★½

    Alfred Hitchcock has stated in the past that his film The Birds is about complacency. It contains characters that have varying degrees of self-absorption, like Melanie and how she goes extremely out of her way to attract the attention of Mitch; she buys the lovebirds, drives 60 miles up the California coast to Bodega Bay, rents a boat to cut across the bay just so she can arrive by surprise, then sneaks back out. When she knows that she's been…

  • RoboCop

    RoboCop

    ★★★★½

    Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop has several subtextual themes running through it; such as corporate greed, corruption, reprimanding Reagan's policies. But the one theme that hits home for me, the one that lingers with the final shot of the movie, is what it means to be human. Even after Murphy is violently slaughtered, his corporate masters claim his body, reconstitute him into a law enforcement machine, set him loose on society to help OCP clean up the streets so that their development…