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  • Pineapple Express

    Pineapple Express

    ★★★

    For a stoner comedy, this is so much funnier than it had any right to be. A couple unbearably stupid jokes in here but that's to be expected in any comedy like this. James Franco made this movie.

  • Black Coal, Thin Ice

    Black Coal, Thin Ice

    ★★★★

    The rainbow glow of flashing neon signs lights up dark, snowy streets in the dead silence of winter - the entire place looking like some sort of surreal industrial/rural ghost town - setting the stage for a bleak murder mystery/love story that works much, much better as an atmospheric mood piece rather than an actual plot-driven neo-noir.

    It's not that the story is bad, necessarily, but there are a lot of problems with its execution - namely the fact that…

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  • Black Rain

    Black Rain

    ★★★★★

    Black Rain deserves more love. The neon-lit visuals are so surreal and beautiful to look at- almost way too good for a film like this, actually. It looks like Blade Runner's little brother, even if Black Rain is nowhere near as sophisticated. Japan looks breathtaking here, although the culture seems to almost be as fetishized as it was in movies like The Wolverine. The plot is nothing too special despite some interesting turns here and there, and there is one…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★½

    Oh my gooood, I think John Wick 2 is even better than the first one. While it lacks the charming simplicity and the heart of its predecessor, it doubles down on all of the action, world-building, and gorgeous visuals. The gunplay in this movie is SO GOOD!!! The way he shoots, counts his bullets, reloads, switches guns, flips his enemies, and all of the crazy creative shit that he does with his weapons, I've just never seen anything like it…