James Rodrigues

James Rodrigues

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Film fanatic and aspiring critic who hasn't seen Gone With The Wind, but has caught at least 10 Pokémon movies. Go figure.

Favorite films

  • Magnolia
  • Halloween
  • Moonlight
  • Near Dark

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  • We're All Going to the World's Fair

  • Basket Case 2

    ★★★

  • Blue Steel

    ★★★★

  • Near Dark

    ★★★★★

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  • Basket Case 2

    Basket Case 2

    ★★★

    Eight years after the original, the sequel follows on by taking place months after the first film. What follows is a fascinating piece, offering over-the-top thrills and fun, and while these elements work, the down and dirty sense of the original is sorely missed. This time, the action mostly takes place in one house where the tables are turned on the brothers. Belial finds his place of belonging and even love, culminating in an utterly bizarre sex scene, while Duane…

  • Blue Steel

    Blue Steel

    ★★★★

    An early work of Kathryn Bigelow, this compelling thriller follows a police officer's struggle to stop a serial killer. Jamie Lee Curtis is excellent as Megan Turner, the Rookie who's hampered by people not believing her, while playing a cat-and-mouse game with a chilling Ron Silver. I don't enjoy every avenue taken, yet this is a thrilling film which feels more in the spirit of Halloween than many of the sequels.

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  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★★★★

    The future world is an irradiated waste land. Somewhere off an eastern coast lies Mega City One – a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban police force known simply as the "Judges" who possess the combined powers of judge, jury, and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of a dangerous drug epidemic named "Slo-Mo".…

  • Sunshine

    Sunshine

    ★★★★

    Danny Boyle delivers a brilliant central premise that feels well thought out and fully realized, with the cast giving great performances for their good characters. However, the final act feels like it's been taken from an entirely different film and some of the characters could've done with a bit more development.