Max Victory

Max Victory

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Films are like truffles, in that they are tasty and I am constantly rooting through mud for them because I am a pig.

Favorite films

  • A Knight's Tale
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Pride & Prejudice

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  • Blades of Glory

    ★★★★½

  • Blackhat

    ★★½

  • Marshall

    ★★½

  • Anima

    ★★★½

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  • Blades of Glory

    Blades of Glory

    ★★★★½

    The finest of the dumbassed Will Ferrell sports comedies. Leaps right out into big, stupid jokes and sticks the landing on like 80% of them. Jon Heder and Ferrell have a great bickering dynamic, and the absurd environment of competitive figure skating is a fun backdrop for goofy sight gags. I've seen this movie a bunch of times and every time I see Craig Nelson playing back tape of the pair brawling at a children's ice show to admire their…

  • Blackhat

    Blackhat

    ★★½

    Not the first Michael Mann crime thriller to depict cities as a labyrinthine system and human activity as an endless push of bodies through their warren-like architecture. Blackhat is clearly Mann trying to update his urban shadow professional action concepts like Heat and Collateral for a fully digital age. It even boldly throws in its take on that cheesiest of hacker movie tropes, the camera zooming into the cables and entering the silicon landscape, like an ultra-serious episode of the…

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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★

    What a soundscape. Daniel Lopatin's score is wondrous. It's mystical while also crassly new agey with synths and smooth jazz, and it floats at a serene height above the plot's sordid goings-on. The tumult of the dialogue track is mixed perfectly. It's a cacophony where you can still follow every angry yelling thread as they all endlessly interlace.

    Adam Sandler delivers with a gusto. He completely nails it as a gambling addict whose veneer of normalcy is falling away behind…

  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★★★★

    A jackbooted cop fantasy, made genuinely fun!? I can be a hard guy to please in this genre, but Dredd pulls it off. The film improbably escapes the unpleasant orbit of real-world police fascism by leaning even harder into the thuggery, armor fetish, and tough guy action. The death-dispensing judges aren't the salvation of the dystopic future landscape, they're the power structure that cements its misery - Dredd drolly suggests that there could be no worse hell to sentence right-wingers…