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  • Fast Color

    Fast Color

    ★★★½

    “I know better than anyone. If something’s broken, it stays broken.”

    Not so long from where I’m standing but actually twenty plus years ago, films like Julia Hart’s crisp blue dream supernatural superpower tale weren’t exactly common but they weren’t really rare either. Before superhero comic book tropes and aesthetics and themes could just be used in straight-up adaptations en masse, writers and directors who’d been influenced by them—who wanted to explore them—just tucked them into horror or sci fi.…

  • Executive Decision

    Executive Decision

    ★★★

    This. This one was not produced during action cinema’s finest hour and so it was probably silly of me to spend most of an evening looking back on it. Still there’s always been something about the WW2 style “on a mission” beats plus then counter-intuitive casting choices of Stuart Baird’s Executive Decision that landed in a personal soft spot. No I can’t say that it ever rose above basically competently executed. Still, there’s something having gotten to watch Halle Berry, John Leguizamo and BD Wong save America from doom back when dinosaurs roamed the earth (read: the mid 90s) that I will never not appreciate.

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  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★★

    Once upon a time a literal boogie man stalked Northern California, killing some of his victims with guns at least one with a butcher knife, some while dressed in plain clothes, at least one while dressed in a masked-hooded costume. He killed at least five people but no one really knows for sure, because he may never have been identified and he was definitely never arrested. His crimes inspired at least two of the most widely imitated films ever and…

  • Blow Out

    Blow Out

    ★★★★½

    There may not be more than one other director that you could say this about, but Brian De Palma literally never met a practical location that he couldn’t make look like a meticulously dressed stage or studio back lot when he shot it. He had this odd compulsion toward overtly mannered cinematic presentation that was totally at odds with his vérité obsessed era and that was probably never more in evidence that it is here.

    Blow Out is overwhelmingly composed…