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  • Big Trouble in Little China

    Big Trouble in Little China

    ★★★★

    Less ideologically motivated than They Live, but a hell of a lot of fun all the same. Silly at times, nonsensical at others, and always extremely enjoyable. My only lingering question: why in the world would a big tough trucker like Jack Burton wear those ridiculous boots? It's a Look™ for sure, so I'm not complaining - just confused!

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises

    ★★½

    All the Bane parts of the movie are good, and - despite the Tale of Two Cities eulogy at the end - a pretty decent allegory of the Russian Revolution, right down to the fact that all the things Bane sets out to do are, while a bit extreme, good correctives to a city that had been torn apart by wealth inequality. He's a Leninist. What's wrong with that?

    Anyway, let's get a spinoff that's just Bane, and then I think everyone will be happy.

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  • The Lady Eve

    The Lady Eve

    ★★★★★

    "I need him like the axe needs the turkey."

  • Viy

    Viy

    ★★★★½

    From a historical standpoint, it's interesting to watch a Soviet-era film that depicts religion as a not-entirely-useful tool against the much more powerful forces of dark, demonic magic - if there's a propaganda angle here, I missed it. From a filmgoing standpoint, it's good as hell.