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  • 52 Pick-Up

    52 Pick-Up

    ★★★★

    52 Pick-Up is a forgotten and underrated '80s thriller, and quite possibly, the Lamborghini of the Cannon Films library. Starring that fella from JAWS, and directed by that guy who brought you the French Connection II.

    Roy Scheider oozes macho masculinity manhood. He's a man's man. Some might argue he never got out from under his JAWS shadow, but he's one of my favorite actors, and he kills it as a cheating husband being blackmailed by a trio of blackmailers.…

  • Free Fire

    Free Fire

    ★★★★

    It took me a little while to completely digest Ben Wheatley's Free Fire. I felt something was off. I couldn't figure out what it was. Then, it hit me like a bullet. It's the action. I could replay scene after scene in my head. I knew what was going on. It should be total chaos. That's what I'm used to seeing in crazy action movies. If you have an hour + long gunfight, there should be disorganization. Bullet fly. People…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Damien Chezelle's tale of a boy, his drums, and a teacher that speaks ever so loudly, and carries the biggest stick of badass this side of the Academy Awards, in one of the most heart pounding cardiac arrest breathtaking intense movies I've ever seen. The opening beat. The opening shot. The first time J.K. Simmons speaks. Groovy funky jazzy music makes all movies better. RIFIFI is the shit. Carter Burke? I knew Miles Teller was going to be special after…

  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    ★★★★½

    Sometimes you watch a movie and everything clicks. You feel like the movie was made just for you. That's what happened when I experienced John Carney's Sing Street. Why did it click with me? Perhaps, its the coming of age genre that I'm a sucker for. Or, the mid '80s setting that reminds me of my own childhood. It could be the fact I adore music in movies when performed on stage. And, the real kicker, it's set in Dublin,…