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  • Back to the Future
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • MacGruber

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  • Destroy All Monsters

    ★★★

  • Wild Mountain Thyme

  • The Faculty

    ★★★½

  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon

    ★½

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  • Destroy All Monsters

    Destroy All Monsters

    ★★★

    The eighteenth film in the Criterion Challenge (#32: Watch any film featured in the Godzilla Boxset)

    We pretty much chose Destroy All Monsters blindly for this assignment. I was surprised by how much of the movie, even back in the 60's was laser-focused on the human characters much more than on Godzilla himself - I had assumed that was a bug of the modern movies, not a feature. The wackadoo space alien plot is a lot of fun and seeing all the monsters and puppets go to town on buildings and one another is quite fun.

  • Wild Mountain Thyme

    Wild Mountain Thyme

    Wild Mountain Thyme has an unbelievable twist. And the one thing I can really say in this movie's favor is that despite knowing there's a twist - you will never be able to guess what it is. Now is that partially because the movie does not set it up in any way, shape, or form? Yes, of course. But it at least made this dull romantic drama exciting for the briefest of moments.

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  • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

    To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

    ★★★½

    The best moment in Beeban Kidron's To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar may be its opening in which it introduces us to Patrick Swayze, practically the masculine ideal for much of the 80's and early 90's, and proceeds to feminize him to an almost unrecognizable extent alongside another man's man, Wesley Snipes. We never see the Swayze and Snipes with whom we are already familiar again in this movie, and that's an excellent decision by Kidron and screenwriter…

  • Passengers

    Passengers

    ★½

    Passengers is fucking gross. I don't watch trailers, so I'm not sure how much of the premise is known to the general public. With that in mind, I'll toss out a SPOILER ALERT, because I cannot talk about why this movie is awful without talking about particulars of the plot that come into play at around the 30-minute mark.

    I love the opening of the film. For the first five minutes or so, we just watch the Starship Avalon hurtle…