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  • The Vast of Night

    The Vast of Night

    ★★★★½

    "There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man."

    With this sentence, Rod Serling first introduced The Twilight Zone to American viewers on October 2nd in 1959. The influential anthology TV series, which followed in the tradition of other shows such as Science Fiction Theatre and radio programs like Dimension X, blended fantasy, science fiction, and horror with morality tales to explore pressing socio-political issues. Over the past sixty years, The Twilight Zone has inspired countless storytellers,…

  • Extraction

    Extraction

    ★★★

    Netflix's EXTRACTION certainly is a movie. It has characters and a story and action sequences. I don't know what else to say. Hemsworth murders a bunch of people and says some bad words? Every single scene borrows from THE RAID and JOHN WICK series. It's fine. Generic, but fine.

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  • VFW

    VFW

    ★★★★½

    CUT ME OPEN AND TATTOO VFW ON MY HEART.

    For me, one of the most satisfying and viscerally thrilling cinematic plots is the siege scenario, in which an individual or a small group is barricaded or trapped — often in a single location — with overwhelming obstacles and unforeseeable circumstances they must overcome. The great thing about the siege motif is how malleable it is, appearing across a number of different genres; action (DIE HARD), comedy (HOME ALONE), drama (PANIC…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    UNCUT GEMS. I should’ve learned my lesson with GOOD TIME. I’m never watching another Safdie Bros. movie again without taking two Xanax beforehand. Jesus Christ.