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  • Total Recall

    Total Recall

    ★★★★★

    There's a ton of stuff I could write about this, one of the greatest sci-fi and action movies of the '90s, but one thing that stuck out on this viewing was how in the beginning of the movie, Quaid is a ripped, hypermasculine construction worker living in a slick high-tech apartment and married to Sharon Stone, but he still feels inadequate. The whole reason he wants to go to Mars is that he feels like his life is incomplete, he's…

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  • Cocktail

    Cocktail

    Turns out an attractive, straight, obnoxiously confident white guy can achieve success in New York in the '80s!

  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★★★½

    Was Spring Breakers a smart movie trying to look dumb? Or a dumb movie trying to look smart? I had a hard time making up my mind about this memorable, risky movie, but I enjoyed the ride.

    The virtuosic restaurant robbery scene had me frozen and holding my breath, and the Britney Spears montage later in the film was wonderfully outrageous and laugh-out-loud funny. Elsewhere, strange cinematic choices abound: the extreme lighting that bathes shots in blinding bright color, the…