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  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★★

    I haven't seen the first Deadpool movie yet, but I was dragged along by a couple of friends to watch the sequel anyways. Andddd to my surprise, it's not a cringy disaster like I expected!.... but it's not very good either. This could have been faaaar worse had it not been directed by David Leitch because he brings some interesting stylistic flourishes from his work on John Wick 1 and Atomic Blonde, particularly early on with a very brief scene…

  • 48 Hrs.

    48 Hrs.

    ★★★★

    The best way to watch this is through a low quality DVD/VHS rip, where the sleazy streets and alleyways of San Francisco look like absolute shit and complement the racism, homophobia, and misogyny that were casually thrown around during every conversation. Yeah, it can get more than a little uncomfortable at times since it's definitely a relic of its era, resting on the border between the '70s and '80s when the "tough guy" attitude was the norm. But this movie…

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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…