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Quickie: This is Spinal Tap (1984)

It’s humorous when you recognize that in between the 34 years that had occurred after This Is Spinal Taps’s release, nobody would’ve been able to predict that a good chunk of today’s music would make Spinal Taps’ fictional discography look like Led Zeppelin’s authentic discography. I’m rooting for a This Is Spinal Tap spinoff where […]

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Quickie: Martin McDonagh’s In Bruges (2008)

Can we all as a whole, come to a consensus that Martin McDonagh is a screenwriting genius.  I confess, In Bruges is actually not my #1 pick from McDonagh’s filmography—my favorite being, not-so-popularly, Seven Psychopaths—but that’s not to say that this diabolical thriller didn’t showcase his distinct talent beyond words. In Bruges is an offensive, recklessly […]

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Quickie: Lars and the Real Girl (2007)

A posse of filmmakers somehow made a romantic drama about a 27-year-old man falling in love with a sex doll work. My condolences. Lars and the Real Girl at times is a movie that feels a bit transparent and predictable. That being said, there are still at least two fundamental factors that make this film […]

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Quickie: Predator 2 (1990)

Not bad. Not bad at all. Danny Glover V Predator is a decently steady follow-up to the original action-heavy, sci-fi blended cult classic. I absolutely dug the new Los Angeles setting; it gave me some nostalgic Escape From New York/Robocop vibes. The acting is overtly over-the-top, but that sort-of adds to the pleasant ludicrousness of […]

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Quickie: Back to the Future (1985)

I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for a ransom, I can tell you, I don’t have money. But what I do have, are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long (but not really that long) career. Skills that […]

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Quickie: True Grit (2010)

True Grit may be the most un-Coeny Coen film of their entire filmography, but by golly do they write just the darndest scripts! Also, Hailee Steinfeld is a restless savage in this movie and Jeff Bridges is a profit. (Verdict: C+)  This movie is a part of my list: Ranking Joel And Ethan Coen’s Films […]

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Quickie: The Wrestler (2008)

The Wrestler is another, powerful, deep-rooted, Darren Aronofsky confection that I—like I tend to do with his films—ate up like a mad dog. It’s drama taken to new levels of intensity and will most presumably, tug at just about anybody’s heartstrings. It’s one of Aronofsky’s most tame films, but despite that, one of his most […]

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Quickie: Army of Darkness (1992)

Review of the Theatrical Cut.  Army of Darkness is the ultimate-genre mix-up of its decade: It’s a fantasy, horror, action, thriller, dark comedy, slapstick comedy, straight-up comedy, science fiction, swash-buckling adventure flick. As always, Bruce Campbell absolutely makes this movie what it is, and the brand-new medieval setting is quite fathomable. This is probably my […]

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Quickie: Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights (1931)

Who knew comedy could be portrayed so damn beautifully? City Lights is made with such a heart of gold that it’s hard not to smile throughout its entirety. Just the mannerisms and little individual components each character possesses are so so genius and amusing. I didn’t necessarily fall head over heals for City Lights, but […]

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Quickie: Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low (1963)

WOW! This is my first time watching an Akira Kurosawa film and I’ve instantaneously converted into being a massive fan of his after witnessing this! High and Low plays out almost as if it was two different movies; the first half being an intense, claustrophobic thriller and the second half being a detailed crime investigation. […]