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  • Raising Arizona
  • Badlands
  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Unforgiven

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  • McCartney 3,2,1

    ★★★★½

  • Like Mike

    ★★★½

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    ★★

  • GoodFellas

    ★★★★★

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  • Death Proof

    Death Proof

    ★★★★★

    I read a magazine article once in which Quentin Tarantino compared himself to Bob Dylan and said Death Proof was his John Wesley Harding. He said it was a turning point for him. I suppose in some ways it was. It is where he finally distilled his "turn genre on it's ear" style into something that was to become a trademark of his later work (particularly Inglorious Basterds, Django Unchained and Once Upon A Time in Hollywood). His "flip the…

  • The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

    The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans

    ★★★★

    Day 999. I am staring at a cartoon-sized jug of antibacterial wipes. There is a lot of tiny writing and fine print that I cannot read. However, in large bold font directly in my eyeline it says FRESH START. I look at this repeatedly over the next hour or so. I am getting a tattoo on the inside of my right arm and nobody has a mask on. This includes the guy in front of me with a needle. What…

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  • Like Mike

    Like Mike

    ★★★½

    My daughter threw this on after we watched the cinematic air biscuit Space Jam: A New Legacy.
    That film can’t touch this film’s jockey strap. 

    Now granted this film is essentially a shot for shot remake of the far superior Rookie of the Year…. but when you assemble a thespian crew composed of Robert Forster, Crispin Glover, Jesse Plemmons’ baby fat, Jon Lipnicki’s coke bottles, the nice guy from Boyz n the Hood, and Dirk Nowitski destroying LeBron in acting chops…it is…

  • 3 from Hell

    3 from Hell

    ★★★½

    I would really like to be Rob Zombie's intern on a film. It would be amazing to see what he says to these lunatics he is directing between takes. I imagine him slyly stroking his flea bitten silver beard... a beard which is no doubt filled with soiled rubber-bands (Captain Lou Albano-style), dust mites, and pot shake from the early 90s. I picture him gently and thoughtfully stopping the action and saying coyly, "Ah yesssss, excellent. Now do it one…

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  • Cop Land

    Cop Land

    ★★★★

    Original grade: 4 stars
    Rewatch grade: 4 stars

    You can look at this film in two ways:
     A pseudo-indie film experiment which imploded under the weight of its slumming superstar cast....
    Or you can look at it as a kick ass slow burn neo-western in which James Mangold slyly subverts and toys with the underdog Rocky persona...and then eventually celebrates the vengeful forgotten man persona of Rambo.

    It would have been really interesting to see how this film would have…

  • Oblivion

    Oblivion

    ★★★★★

    Oblivion is a film you may or may not remember from about 7-8 years ago. Tom Cruise is in it playing a man on a post-apocalyptic Earth. There isn’t much to know about the plot other than Cruise bombs around in a cool looking spaceship (and sometimes a futuristic motorbike) looking for damaged drones to repair. He has a partner in a high tower that helps him find these things, and in between missions he finds tchotchkes from “old Earth”…