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  • Inside Moves

    Inside Moves

    ★★★★½

    "Hey, you've got it all backwards. First you get crippled then you try to commit suicide!"

    An emotional and fulfilling sports film experience that is different from most other sport films, 'Inside Moves' features a similar atmosphere and slew of well-cast characters that rivals iconic films such as 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' and 'Rocky.' Providing plenty of social commentary on the handicap without being too heavy-handed, Donner delivers an atypical, moving film that features David Morse's acting debut…

  • Vanishing Point

    Vanishing Point

    ★★★★½

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

    "This radio station was named Kowalski, in honour of the last American hero to whom speed means freedom of the soul. The question is not when's he gonna stop, but who is gonna stop him."

    With speed induced chase sequences, the stunning landscape of the American Southwest, and a soulful soundtrack, 'Vanishing Point' is easily one of my favorite 1970s films. Blending crime, comedy, and muscle cars, this is a symbolic film that is at a critical crux of modern…

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  • Suture

    Suture

    ★★★

    "Don't tell the doctor, but I had a dream I killed my father last night."

    Full of philosophical dialogue and a metaphorical plot, 'Suture' suprised me in that I had never heard of it. It may have some indie tropes like hazy plot and black & white stock, but it did have a fresh style that kept my eye on the screen. The strange perspective also felt ahead of its time, and it was nice to see Haysbert holding his own as a leading man pre-24.

  • Falling Down

    Falling Down

    ★★★½

    "I'm just trying to get home."

    Definitely the desert-scorching companion piece to 'After Hours' with its relentless abjection to its leading man while also being a mean critique that borders on 'Joe'-level datedness. However, there is a slight relatability to his disgust, especially with the non-stop construction and plastic surgery house vs USDD analyst. Unfortunately, his vehement disgust towards immigrants isn't exactly endearing, but at least* he does distance himself from the homophobic, racist, and nazi gun nut.

    Unfortunately, Duvall's…

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  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★★★½

    "God is a squirrel."

    BEST film of 2015.

    With Cheevo's artful cinematography and Leo's most extreme performance yet, Inarritu is able to craft his best film from one of the most monstrous productions in recent years. A modern epic, it can only be compared to the sheer awe-shock I had when seeing Mad Max: Fury Road earlier this year. I watched some similar films in preparation like 'Man in the Wilderness' (same story) and 'Jeremiah Johnson', a longtime favorite of…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★½

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    "They found you."

    A future case-study on style vs substance and proof that Roger Deakins can't save EVERY movie, 'Blade Runner 2049' has none of what I admired about the first one: immersion in creepy future LA with rainy ramen noodles + droves of cultural crowds, some atypical acting (Harrison Ford strip club scene), heartwrenching action (retiring Zora), humanistic characters to latch on to (toymaker), and a grizzled protagonist (Gosling could take a hit while Ford would become battered). Instead,…