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  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★½

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

    The world at the end of the 20th century was united in celebration, marvelling at such phenomena as the birth of the modern Internet, connecting mankind further than ever before in the history of the world, which served as a contrast to the tremendous, simultaneous anxiety many people felt at as the new millennium, and the spector of Y2K and an accidental revolt by the same machines that connected us, approached, creating a singular moment in time that was ripe…

  • M*A*S*H

    M*A*S*H

    ★★★★

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

    My entry for 1970 for my series on the defining films of the New Hollywood Movement:

    Personal Thoughts:

    Yes, Robert Altman's M*A*S*H is the first film I've discussed in this thread without having already seen it before, and not only that, but it's also the first Robert Altman film I've ever seen, period. And, while I'm a bit embarrassed to admit all of that, and a bit nervous to talk about a movie I've just now viewed for the first…

  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★

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

    My entry for 1968 for my series on the defining films of the New Hollywood Movement:

    PERSONAL THOUGHTS:

    It had been a long time since I first watched Night Of The Living Dead, and rewatching it over a decade later, certain aspects of it don't hold up as well as I remembered, such as certain, poorly-paced dry stretches where the characters don't do much besides listen to officials on the radio or TV deliver vague exposition that rambles on for…

  • Easy Rider

    Easy Rider

    ★★★★

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

    Here's my entry for 1969 for my series on the films of the New Hollywood Movement:

    PERSONAL THOUGHTS:

    It had been a long time since I last watched Easy Rider, but rewatching it now for this thread, my feelings on it are more or less the same as they were the first couple times I saw it; it's definitely too scattered and aimless in its overall narrative, and often too pointlessly "experimental" in its style to be a great film,…

  • Bonnie and Clyde

    Bonnie and Clyde

    ★★★★½

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

    I felt like doing something different lately besides just regular, straight-up reviews, which is this series detailing the history of the "New Hollywood" movement, the wave of American films that broke loose from the constrictions of the Classical Hollywood era, and severely pushed the limits on both style and content, and discuss both my personal feelings and my analysis on how the films in question influenced both the movement and cinema both at home and abroad as a whole, doing…

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★

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

    I admit it, I didn't quite like You Were Never Really Here as much as I hoped to; it's hard for me to put my finger on just exactly why (maybe the meaning of some of its hallucinatory imagery was just a bit too obvious to satisfy), but whatever the reason, I wasn't as immersed by its fractured style as I should've been, which led to some of the more familiar potboiler-y elements of its story/characters feeling slightly staler than…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★

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

    Sometimes, I think Christopher McQuarrie is a bit of his own worse enemy when it comes to his entries in this franchise, as, like Rogue Nation (but even worse in this regard), when it's not in the middle of some new, hug setpiece, Fallout wastes too much of its screentime and narrative momentum on maintaining and layering on an increasingly, needlessly convoluted series of spy thriller double-crosses and betrayals that are either rushed out before we have the chance to…

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★

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

    I wanted to like Ant-Man And The Wasp a lot more than I actually did, honest! It had some inspired moments that I genuinely enjoyed, really! But, alas, it seemed for every memorable moment or sequence in it, there followed a dry, low-energy stretch that dragged on for 15 minutes (at least), where the film completely just went through the motions, hitting standard, expected plot beats without leaving much of an impression, becoming mired in its own overly convoluted, over-populated…

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★½

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

    While Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom isn't quite (in the immortal words of Ian Malcolm) "a big pile of shit", it isn't far off from that either, as it's defined more by its plethora of missed opportunities than what little it gets right, and it just ends up being a rather lazy, unnecessary bit of schlock in the end. When it's not desperately squeezing in references to and recycling elements from previous films, such as a first half that's basically just…

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    ★★★★★

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

    Okay, okay, I get it; the last thing the world needed was even more discussion of The Dark Knight. After all, if you take into account both its critical acclaim and massive, unprecedented commercial success, with it being the first superhero movie to break the $1 billion mark worldwide, and the best reviewed superhero movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes, it's probably THE most important, influential blockbuster of at least the past decade, if not even longer. Very few…

  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★★★

    The long-awaited sequel to the incredible (sorry) 2004 original, The Incredibles 2 doesn't quite have the same freshness, overall focus of storytelling, or attention to detail of the original (certain important plot points seem occasionally underplayed or even forgotten about completely here), and I am disappointed that returning writer/director Brad Bird chose to split the family up (again) this time rather than letting them fight together and play off of one another some more, seeing as the whole solo superheroing…

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★

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

    For all the bad buzz surrounding Solo, whether it be its somewhat middling reviews, its relatively disappointing box office take, or all the behind-the-scenes turmoil surrounding its production (including firing the 21 Jump Street-rebooting duo if Phil Lord and Christopher Miller due to a dispute over creative direction in favor of Hollywood yes-man Ron Howard, who reportedly reshot over 80% of the film), the final product is actually kind of enjoyable.

    Sure it's a fundamentally shallow, disposable, unnecessary, and pandering…