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  • Scarecrow

    Scarecrow

    ★★★★

    Second chances... being able to completely start anew and shed any past life, has always been a quintessential part of the American Dream to me. But if life has anything to say about it, you're still bound to make a lot of the same mistakes. And that's what we see with Pacino and Hackman's characters in Scarecrow. Starting anew... if only they could. Extremely flawed characters, desperately trying to make a better life for themselves, but never being able to truly shed their vices. There is an honesty here that I don't see too often.

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    Weird sci-fi schlock in the worst possible way. Kong's DNA can take us to the power source in the middle of Hollow Earth, let's use a flying shuttle car that we will later use to restart Kong's heart to follow him because he will naturally take us there so that we can stop Godzilla. It's the only way. Immediately establishing that none of our characters behave in any kind of relatable or rational way.

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  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    ★★★★★

    This is the third or fourth time I've seen The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and it only keeps getting better. This time was unique for two reasons: I was with an audience who laughed at all the right parts, and I was watching the original international cut that hasn't seen a home video release since 1998. There really isn't any reason the original cut couldn't have been included on the current Blu-ray with seamless branching, but I digress.…

  • Rope

    Rope

    ★★★★

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

    Shooting a film in one continuous shot is an interesting concept, one so momentous that every time it's done it seems to draw attention, as it did for 2014's Birdman. In 1948, it must have seemed impossible. In fact, it was; a single film reel could only capture a little over ten minutes, so most cuts are hidden. A concept like this could make or break a film, but for Alfred Hitchcock's Rope, it seems like an experiment that elevates…