Joe M

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  • Quantum of Solace

    Quantum of Solace


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

    "We're having a real tough time making this General Medrano fellow despicable. I mean, sure, he's a dictator and he kills with reckless abandon, but half of that is ground well-trodden by our protagonist."

    "Hmm, what if we made one of his core character traits based around a penchant for rape?"

    "Now THAT's a proper sub-villain!"

    This was my second dip into the James Bond Cinematic Universe (JBCU, duh) after 2006's ruggedly cool Casino Royale and to be honest, my…

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum


    After coming off of Chapter 2 pretty lukewarm on the series, and not exactly excited for what I figured was the conclusion in Parabellum, I am blown away that my feelings have done a complete 180 and I'm eagerly anticipating the fourth entry.

    Sure, some of the fights feel a little bloated, and the second act reaaaally drags, but the sheer glee expressed through slashing and splintering of bones–especially in the third act–all but nullify any misgivings I have towards…

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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project


    For a three year stretch before their divorce when I was 7, my parents would take their income tax disbursement check and take me on trips to Disney or Universal Studios in Orlando. I was a child of rural Floridian poverty, so these trips to Orlando felt absolutely magical, being in a big (in comparison) city and staying overnight in a place that wasn’t my own or my grandparents’. We stayed in hotels similar to the ones featured in The…

  • Rumble Fish

    Rumble Fish


    This film exudes an innate musicality. It’s not just the driving score that punctuates the gorgeous black and white cinematography, but the ‘capital M’ Musical rhythm that infects the entire cast. People bounce and breath coolness through cigarette clad lips, the camera follows them in such a way to make it feel like the world moving around them, rather than feeling like the actors moving around a set. I really can’t say enough about just how wonderfully shot this film…