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  • The Order

    The Order

    ★★★★½

    My relationship with The Order kind of reminds me of my relationship with my family. They grate my nerves sometimes. Occasionally they make baffling decisions or say really stupid things. I'm sure I do much the same to them. But at the end of the day, I wouldn't trade any of them for the world, I love them all so much.

    Brian Helgeland, for his third feature, made a strange religious thriller that has some hokey dialogue, and isn't always…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★★★

    If push came to shove, I'd have to contend that Marvel Studios, even though I've enjoyed their films and think that everything from the studio is good, has produced only three truly great films: Iron Man, which created the blueprint for the Marvel Studio machine that is seldom diverged from; The Avengers, which created the impossible by piecing together five disparate parts into a more than satisfying whole; and Guardians of the Galaxy, because by gosh this movie is just…

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  • First Blood

    First Blood

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It's hard to remember, because of the awful sequels that came after, but First Blood's Rambo is not a macho 80's action hero. He's a broken man who's climactic final scene is him breaking down in tears, recounting how one of his squad mates and friends in the Vietnam War died. This was not how other 80's action hero's ended their films. The empathy First Blood shows for its leading hero, John Rambo, makes it special in the canon of…

  • The Last Stand

    The Last Stand

    ★★★½

    The Last Stand, Jee-woon Kim's American debut, is a goofy blockbuster staring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Johnny Knoxville, Peter Stormare, and Jaimie Alexander. The action is goofy, some of the characters are weird, and the premise is a little hokey. But there's a strange endearing quality to the whole film, which is probably thanks to Jee-woon Kim. I have yet to see any of his Korean films, but I want to rectify that situation as soon as possible.