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  • Gun Crazy
  • Dune
  • The Man Who Would Be King
  • Sideways

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  • Red Dust

    ★★★

  • Die Hard

    ★★★½

  • The Enchanting Shadow

    ★★★

  • Gun Crazy

    ★★★★½

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  • Gun Crazy

    Gun Crazy

    ★★★★½

    “Two people dead, just so we could live without working.”
    Might be my new favorite classic noir. So morally dubious yet utterly fun. Before Breathless, before Bonnie & Clyde, before Badlands, before Natural Born Killers, there was Gun Crazy. Bow down. Good ol’ American firearm fetishism has never been so HOT. Noir was born as a means to contemplate humanity under extreme pressure. It strips our yearnings, dreams, and fears down to their basic principles. Everyone desires a happier life and…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

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

    “So much potential wasted in a male.”
    Dune
    is committed to portraying a human race ten millennia into the future in a galaxy far far away where vestiges of the familiar — bagpipes played at a ceremony, a grandfather’s fondness for bullfighting — only serve to highlight how remote or alien the characters’ goals and rationales can be.
    They are not completely incomprehensible: Oscar Isaac envisions Paul’s (Timothee Chalamet) father, Duke Leto Atreides, as a drained but benevolent leader who’s…

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  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    ★★★½

    “Hey babe, I negotiate million dollar deals for breakfast, I think I can handle this euro trash.”
    The most alluring trash ever conceived. Yes, it took me this long to watch it. Basically the emptiest, most calorie-rich and nutritionless junk food one could consume. Basically cotton candy. Never once do you feel the running time as scenes, sound bites, and setpieces whizz by. It’s all a big joke with Willis, Rickman, VelJohnson, and my personal favorites Clarence Gilyard and De’voreaux…

  • The Enchanting Shadow

    The Enchanting Shadow

    ★★★

    Broke: big tiddy goth gf 
    Woke: big tiddy ghost gf 

    Anyway, I have no grand insight or takeaway from The Enchanting Shadow. For the majority of its brief runtime, I wasn’t really invested in either the romantic dalliance or the mystery element. Tonally, I was held at a clinical remove and it was a bit too sedate in terms of pacing. On the other hand, I was never bored or tempted to look at my phone so the yarn is…

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  • Squid Game

    Squid Game

    ★★★

    Basically a violent adaptation of Fall Guys made to capitalize on the recent and ongoing popularity of Battle Royale games like Fortnite, PUBG, etc. while also relying on the inherent appeal of the Death Game subgenre.
    Going in, I thought this would be a harrowing ordeal given what people have been saying, but this isn’t even a drama. It’s basically a live action anime, complete with the cartoonish characters and eye-popping aesthetic that label implies.  
    The main character and various antagonists…

  • Mill of the Stone Women

    Mill of the Stone Women

    ★★½

    There were exactly two scenes in this which captured my attention and I could say I genuinely enjoyed. The first is at the halfway point when Hans is tripping out on drugs given to him by Dr. Bolem and he goes on a truly atmospheric and surreal exploration of the titular windmill. The visuals and sound design are strong here, with the inherent claustrophobia of the setting used to good effect. The second scene was the wild ending with the…