Zach Pappas

Actor, writer, movie lover.

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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

    “Sooner or later, everybody put here has a date when he’s going to go. That’s just the way it is. And I think there’s got to be something when you go, because, I mean, how the hell did this whole thing start? People smarter than me can’t figure it out.”

    If I’m going to be completely honest, I’ve never considered myself much of a Martin Scorsese fan. There’s something about his film work that never exactly bowls me over, but…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    “This is how I win.”

    This movie is cocaine. I’m not talking about the trashy coke you wash down with a Monster energy drink. This is classy cocaine. Uncut Gems is a film that accelerates to 90 miles per hour in the first five minutes and never pumps the brakes. This was an anxiety-inducing, mesmerizing, hyperactive descent into gambling addiction with, quite possibly, Adam Sandler’s greatest performance to date. His portrayal of Howard Ratner, a hustling jeweler with a penchant…

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  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

    Transformers: Age of Extinction

    ★★

    Ah, Transformers. What a relationship we've had. You burst onto the scene in 2007 with a legitimately fun, albeit brainless, sci-fi action extravaganza. I left the film thinking, hot damn. That was a fun ride. Yuk yuk. Then, Revenge of the Fallen came out, and my eyes were raped. They were held open in a darkened theater and raped. Then, we got Dark Side of the Moon, which, while a definite step up from Fallen, failed to capture the good…

  • How to Train Your Dragon 2

    How to Train Your Dragon 2

    ★★★★★

    When the first How to Train Your Dragon trailer hit theaters in 2009, I thought it looked...bland. Dreamworks hadn't had the best track record and a film with such a wordy title seemed like it would just be fodder for children. Then, the movie opened and the reviews came in. Everyone said the same thing: Go see this movie. So, I did. And I was blown away. The movie literally soared. It was touching, exhilarating, and grand in scale. It…