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  • Crank

    Crank

    ★★★★

    alternate title: AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    The cinematic equivalent of snorting cocaine. It's everything I should hate in a movie - it's loud, crass, childish, and dumb - but I loved every insane second of it. The plot is paper thin in the best way, basically just an excuse for Jason Statham to rush around the city like a madman violently antagonizing everybody he possibly can with unimaginable levels of collateral damage. It's also probably Statham's best role, combining his usual intimidating deadpan…

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    ★★★★★

    From Taxi Driver in the '70s to First Reformed in 2019, Schrader's protagonists are characters driven by allegiance to a higher idea, usually to their own detriment. Mishima: A Life In 4 Chapters is something of a biographical essay about purity, beauty, art, idealism, action, and death; and it is perhaps the ultimate expression of this persistent theme of the self as a servant to an idea.

    A film about a radical man on his last day, as he plans…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    From the opening number that is a traffic jam to show that everyone is so starry-eyed and excited to be in "La La Land" that even sitting in traffic is exciting; to the first party scene demonstrating that, apart from looking to be found by someone in the crowd, Mia is the only one in her circle of people who has a personality and identity apart from said crowd; to the Waste Of A Lovely Night dance where Mia and…

  • A Tale of Two Sisters

    A Tale of Two Sisters

    ★★★

    I'm a big fan of Kim Jee-woon and his versatility in making genre films. From revenge thriller to wacky western to horror-comedy and more, he makes films that are very much confined to a genre, but he doesn't do the same genre twice. Needless to say I was excited to check out his take on horror and....

    I figured almost the whole thing out in the first 15 minutes, and even if I hadn't the movie reveals its secrets and…

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  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★

    Aaron Sorkin is way too good a writer to be forced to work with such a mediocre director as Aaron Sorkin

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

    I proudly welcome you to the era of people watching Citizen Kane only because David Fincher is making a movie about it