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  • Harakiri
  • Carnival of Souls
  • Porco Rosso
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle

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  • Ninja Assassin

    ★★★

  • Midnight Cowboy

    ★★★★★

  • Nightmare Alley

    ★★★★★

  • Old

    ★★★½

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  • Ninja Assassin

    Ninja Assassin

    ★★★

    Thin and too reliant on digital effects, but when you give into it you get to enjoy a gory, silly exercise in ninja carnage that goes down real easy. What it lacks in intricate fighting it makes up for in butchery. The giallo red blood is a nice touch. A perfect weekend afternoon movie. Doubly perfect if it’s raining, but I live in LA so I get maybe three of those days a year and have to be extra thoughtful with them.

  • Midnight Cowboy

    Midnight Cowboy

    ★★★★★

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

    The first time I watched this movie was when I was barely out of college, and I was preoccupied with “getting” the themes and sufficiently appreciating it. Now I just watch and try to convince myself things get better for Joe Buck down in Florida.

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  • Werewolves Within

    Werewolves Within

    ★★★½

    Let’s get this out of the way: Sam Richardson is immaculate. I will hear nothing negative about him of his performance here or on any other platform. 

    In many ways, this feels like a classic monster film, albeit with a comical bent. By the third act, that becomes…less true, but I still appreciate the staple of the single-room (or single hotel) mystery, particularly a mystery driven by horror. The third act is where my quibbles with the film start to…

  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★★½

    Western media’s made me wary of stories about vices, because the vice is often just a parable in gestation. Another Round can’t escape the tragedy that clings to alcohol like film in a near-empty bottle of beer. However, it departs from The Simpsons by framing it as neither the cause of, nor the solution to, all of life’s problems. 

    The story centers on four teachers who decide to maintain a perpetual state of inebriation “as an experiment.” As the film…