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  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Fight Club
  • Requiem for a Dream

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  • I Love My Dad

    ★★★½

  • Thirteen Lives

    ★★★½

  • Carter

    ★★★½

  • Prey

    ★★★½

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  • I Love My Dad

    I Love My Dad

    ★★★½

    Great premise for a movie and it mostly pulls it off, largely thanks to the central performances of the cast -- especially Patton Oswalt.

    There's a lot here to be said about the way human relationships unfold in our more connected/disconnected present, wrapped around a more heightened, Wacky catfish premise.

    I think the ending was a little too neat and I would've preferred it if it ended a minute or two earlier, but still a solid movie with some amusingly comfortable moments.

  • Thirteen Lives

    Thirteen Lives

    ★★★½

    Wasn't expecting much from this but I rather enjoyed it. Even though THE RESCUE is a much better and more concise telling of the story, it gripped me early on and never let up.

    Though the sheer astonishing nature of the events probably makes this pretty unfuckupable for any competent filmmaker, sometimes a Ron Howard movie just does the job. It's a good looking movie that's emotionally restrained and doesn't layer on the sentimentality too thickly like you might expect.

    Farrell, Mortensen, and Edgerton were surprisingly convincing as the dour ordinary blokes on a mission.

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  • Icarus

    Icarus

    ★★★★

    What begins as essentially Super Size Me for doping quickly transforms into a genuinely suspenseful examination of the Russian Olympic doping program.

    Equal parts terrifying and fascinating, it's persuasively, damningly told, especially with Russia's FIFA World Cup just around the corner, and benefits from the weirdly likeable presence of doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov.

    One of the better Netflix Originals recently; don't miss it.

  • First They Killed My Father

    First They Killed My Father

    ★★★½

    An impressive step up for Angelina Jolie as a director, this is a harrowing and affecting film, propelled by an INCREDIBLE performance from young actress Sareum Srey Moch and Anthony Dod Mantle's excellent cinematography. Unlike a lot of Netflix Originals, this actually looks like a proper FILM.

    It's held back from being great by a few directorial missteps which perhaps show Jolie's inexperience, using cheesy lightbulb effects during flashbacks/memories which would look more comfortable in a Saw film, some digitally-treated slow-motion and some choppy editing.

    Still, a very respectable effort and a fine prestige addition to Netflix's lineup.