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  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★★

    Hell or High Water might be the most adult film I've seen this decade. No gimmicks. No juvenile tendencies. No bull. No cheap shots. It's a Deep Fried Wild West Western Texas Noir, filmed in New Mexico, but it's Texas to the bone. 

    Jeff Bridges is the cop. Chris Pine is the robber. However, they're both duel-protagonists. The outlaw in me wanted Mr Pine to win the duel. While my conscience cheered on Mr Bridges. Both, have polar opposite partners.…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★½

    The characters in the John Wick Cinematic Universe live in their own little world. They have their own code, currency, language and plenty of 5 star hotels to stay in. Everyone is connected. Every single person is a player in a giant game of chess. We don't see outsiders. Cops don't investigate. Damsels aren't in distress. Innocents don't get caught in the crossfire. It's like John Wick and the Gang are shadows living in an open world. Now, it's Chapter…

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  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man

    ★★★★½

    It is crazy how much fun Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man actually is. How many directors before Peyton? A story about a man the size of an ant? Paul Rudd as the lead? Clueless Paul Rudd? Now, we’ve all read the almost universal praise for Black Panther. I’m glad Black Panther has brought newfound excitement to the MCU. But, I’m here to say, although Ant-Man lacks a pulse pounding soundtrack and we have a villain as vanilla as Vanilla Ice; the movie…

  • The Soldier

    The Soldier

    ★★★½

    James Glickenhaus’ The Soldier tries to be a Cold War / 007 / Spy action thriller. Instead, it comes up short on plot, but makes up for it with some glorious action money shots. Plus, Ken Wahl gets to fuck with commies, and Steve James yells some Kung fu magic talk. 

    Why you should watch? Tangerine Dream’s hypnotic score. It is so damn ‘80s groove smooth. It should’ve been used more. I kept yelling at the screen for more Tangerine…

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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…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★½

    It doesn't matter who you sleep with, look like, voted for, your age, what part of the world you live in, your hairstyle, who your favorite member of Nickelback is, what type of car you drive, what music you listen to, your sex; a good movie is a good movie. You don't have to be a certain "type" of person to appreciate quality cinema. A great film should bring people closer, not rip them apart. That's what I got out…