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  • Predator

    Predator

    ★★★½

    I haven't seen this movie in many years, so my viewing is colored by nostalgia and the intervening years.

    I didn't realize how many "jungle war" tropes were in this movie. From the perspective of someone who knows nothing of film history, I would blindly say this movie started a ton of them.

    "If it bleeds, we can kill it."
    "Come on, kill me, I'm right here!"
    "Get to the chopper!"

    Classic lines I didn't realize were from Predator.

    There's…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★½

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

    Sam Mendes' 1917 is - by all rights - a masterpiece. It is spectacular in all the ways you might expect from a movie about World War I. It is spectacular thanks to the incredible cinematography. It is tense and suspenseful thanks to the score (and the acting, and the directing). It is absolutely awesome in all of its single-shot glory (although it's not hard to identify where the cuts probably are, and even see a few).

    And yet...

    I…

  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★½

    I haven't read the book because I am an unwashed heathen.

    I haven't seen previous versions of Little Women because I am uncultured swine.

    That said, this movie very clearly relied on viewers already knowing the source material. It moved incredibly fast, jumped throughout timelines (I think there were three?) very rapidly (and at times the timelines didn't have much to separate them other than whether the light was warm or cold), and didn't spend a lot of time developing…