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  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★½

    Ben Foster is the best at playing a crazy fuck-up. Usually, his characters are funny and charismatic. Here instead, he's smart and organized. His only fuck-up is that he has the responsibility of being a single dad, while being a veteran suffering from PTSD. Thomasin McKenzie is fantastic. Somehow, he raised the perfect teenage daughter alone. Maybe, too perfect.

    The allure of this film is the fascinating portrayal of an individual lifestyle that refuses to participate in society, but still wants to survive, be intelligent and healthy and most of all, be left alone.

  • Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn

    Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn

    ★★

    I'm pretty sure I saw this back in '83-84. This rewatch did me no favors. I dozed off three times. I'll give props to the production design and its overall b-movie boldness, but it's a complete wet noodle. It felt like the producers ran out of money halfway into shooting and just decided to piece together a feature length film. Whereas in truth, they had just enough to cut a cool trailer.

    I'll take any of Cirio H. Santiago's 20+ other Road Warrior rip-offs set in the Philippines with no budget over this cop out of a movie.

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★

    If you ever wanted to see David Fincher direct a Lifetime Network murder-mystery, this is it. Perfectly cast, including Ben Affleck and Tyler Perry, surprisingly. Of course, the female cast was impeccable with Rosamund Pike, Carrie Coon and Kim Dickens. But, I found the male casting particularly interesting. Fincher selected male actors that have real life public personas that are or have been "unlikeable" like Affleck and Perry. He also chose male supporting actors that usually play sensitive and emasculated…

  • Looper

    Looper

    ★★★★★

    Looper is the perfect example of creating an original film that was inspired by a classic one. James Cameron's The Terminator has better action. Rian Johnson's Looper has better drama. It's ironic that Emily Blunt's character is named Sarah, very much like Sarah Connor.

    Like the original Terminator, this was a low budget sci-fi film. Yet, the production design, photography and editing are top notch. The performances were fantastic, especially the young Pierce Gagnon. If I have one nitpick, it's…