• Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

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    I watched the Black & Chrome version for the first time. Removing the color honestly doesn't change enough of the experience to make a big impact. The color grading was well-done enough that it's about an equal experience either way. I do enjoy the nighttime scenes more without the blue filter over everything, though this version loses the lush greens and blues of nature that pop against the orange wasteland.

    With either version of the film, it's still one of the greatest films of the 2010s and has just about infinite rewatch potential. I don't know if I could ever get tired of Fury Road.

  • Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    Die Hard: With a Vengeance

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    After a fantastic opening with great character work and incredible tension, the movie fizzles out quite a lot in the second half and ends with a climax that is quite a bit of a letdown. This could have been a worthy successor to Die Hard, and even mixes the stuff Speed added to the formula. But overall it's still a bit inferior, even if it's a great time.

  • One Week

    One Week

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    100 years have passed since Buster Keaton's directoral debut and it's still hilarious. Some of the stunts in this film are downright terrifying to see these actors subjected to, but that just enhances the silliness.

  • Pacific Rim

    Pacific Rim

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    The best thing. Really, the best thing.

    Max Martini is an underrated actor. Clifton Collins Jr. is a hidden treasure. This movie shows both of them very well.

  • Darkman

    Darkman

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    Spider-Man Zero in all the best ways. It's corny and over-the-top just like a cartoonish noir superhero movie is supposed to be. Sam Raimi has never been one to shy away from overindulgence, and I love that fact.

    While Darkman is a little bit clunkier than Raimi's Spider-Man movies, with a couple boring parts of the story thanks to the convoluted narrative, it's got some amazing moments littered throughout. The central character and his "powers" are so much fun, and…

  • Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

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    This movie RULES. The first one is a fun time, but this one is like a friggin' epic journey. It never loses the sense of dumbass silliness that makes the series so famous, even while ramping up the production values by a billion times. The sets are grand, the adventure is huge, and the practical effects are lovely.

    I don't remember loving the movie this much the first time I caught it on TV back ten or eleven years ago.…

  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

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    This movie is just so nice and wholesome. Everyone is so kind-hearted, and even if Napoleon is a dick he still gets to have a lot of fun. They certainly do not make movies like these anymore, where everyone is nice and the stakes are extraordinarily low. That makes Bill & Ted that much more valuable.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

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    My first rewatch of Interstellar since theaters! No IMAX screen and sound was sad, but this movie REALLY holds up.

    This. This is Christopher Nolan's masterpiece. It has the most human, living and breathing characters of any of his filmography. The emotions are so powerful they pierce even my cold, slow-to-cry heart. And Matthew McConaughey gives a thunderous, outstanding performance that I would easily rank as one of his all-time best. Watching this movie right after Inception, I was struck…

  • Inception

    Inception

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    My first watch of Inception since 2013. The first time I borrowed the DVD from a friend in early 2011, I watched the movie three times in one weekend, I was just that in love with the movie. It entered my top 5 all-time favorites, it inspired me as a writer as much as anything else at the time.

    And I haven't watched it in ages mostly out of the fear that it wouldn't hold up as well, just like…

  • Lethal Weapon

    Lethal Weapon

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    I finally got around to watching it, and I was not disappointed whatsoever. Murtaugh is a treasure and Riggs is a revelation, to use two popular internet cliches. Even when countless movies have stolen everything from this one, it still stands as incredibly fresh and exciting. Honestly I wasn't expecting for it to have aged so well.

  • Duck Dodgers in Attack of the Drones

    Duck Dodgers in Attack of the Drones

    I don't know what the hell I was on about in my last review. This is probably the very best modern Looney Tunes short*. Not that that's a particularly big challenge but it's hilarious and throws a joke every ten seconds. The only Duck Dodgers sequel short that's even worth a watch.

    *Not counting Tiny Toons, and also I hear that that new series of shorts on HBO Max are really good but I have no idea what they're like.

  • Superior Duck

    Superior Duck

    This is how Looney Tunes died. The revival shorts post-60s are always so focused on the Brand, with rehashing old jokes or cameoing characters out of place, that the actual joke line in the short itself disappears. It just isn't that funny.