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  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer

    ★★★★

    Okay, now it’s safe to say I have an affinity for Korean train thrillers. Train to Busan had zombies on a train, but this sci-fi revolution has an even wackier and unpredictable assortment of nasty surprises and quirks that made it one of the most interesting pieces of genre cinema I’ve seen recently. The premise is literally really cool – 17 years after a man-made Ice Age overtook the Earth (a failed experiment to combat global warming, natch), the remainder…

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★★★

    Part of the lower pantheon of Nolan films, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad in the slightest, it’s just… Really Good, not Great like The Dark Knight or Memento. Interestingly, Nolan draws directly on his distant past for this one, employing techniques he hasn’t used since his very first film, Following, which also featured three distinct narrative threads that overlapped and eventually dovetailed into one piece. Probably why this movie wasn’t as confusing as it should have been. On land…

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  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★★

    One of the coolest movies ever made and a masterpiece of the crime genre, Michael Mann has never been better. Furnished with the director's trademark gritty urban style, Pacino and De Niro making every movie geek's dream come true with an unforgettable onscreen rivalry, intense action scenes that take you into the fray like very few movies can, and an amazing supporting cast across the board ... What else can be said that hasn't been already? If you haven't seen…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    aka When The Little Drummer Boy Met The Big Bad Wolf. A relentless, emotionally draining case study in personal ambition meeting the cold harsh reality of what it takes to achieve greatness. J.K. Simmons is Terence Fletcher, a beast of a man who runs his crash-course in perfecting the art of jazz like a drill sergeant. Fuck Mr. Holland – this is an R. Lee Ermey level of intensity with a baton instead of a rifle. Miles Teller is Andrew…