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  • Animal House

    Animal House

    ★★★½

    It’s seriously charming, sure, but I’ve noticed that many comedies of this era neglect the most crucial aspect of a good joke: timing. Maybe this is just a product of the editing style of the times; maybe this aspect wasn’t considered as important back then as it is now.  I’m not sure, but I am sure that it ruins the flow of many potentially great scenes. 

    However, though, this one was very good and it’s hard not to appreciate just how influential it was. Giving it anything less than a 7/10 wouldn’t make much sense.

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★½

    Brilliant, in many ways. Joaquin Phoenix gives an excellent performance, the Johnny Greenwood score is unsurprisingly gorgeous, and the cinematography is extremely well done. It also features one of the most memorable endings of any film I’ve seen this year.

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  • Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

    ★½

    Aptly named.

  • X-Men

    X-Men

    ★★★★

    Rewatched this today with low expectations and it honestly holds up pretty well. Sure, there are some cheesy late 90s/early 2000s moments here, but overall it's a lot less ridiculous than it could have been.

     It's amazing to note the contrast between this film, the start of the X-Men universe, and Logan, which may be the end of it. There were a few rocky patches, but overall, the evolution has been great.