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  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2


    I’m starting to wrap my head around this series, even though I still find it kinda repetitious and exhausting... the world-building stuff is what I love, and they start to do it really well in this second installment. Even though the villain is insufferable and there’s still a large amount of hokeyness.

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum


    Mark Dacascos, Dog fights, armor-piercing piercing shotties, motorcycle chase, horseplay and Halle Berry are all great highlights in a sequel that invests in some great world-building. I admit I wasn’t a fan of the John Wick series originally... I don’t think I quite got it... but the second one grew on me and this one has converted me into a devotee.

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake


    If you didn’t get this film or hated it, that’s only cause it was about you.

  • Happy Together

    Happy Together


    A timeless and heartbreaking whirlwind romance perfectly captured by a filmmaker who knows unrequited love and loneliness better than anyone else. WKW’s staging in this film is amongst his best work. Beautifully filmed by Chris Doyle.

  • Lust, Caution

    Lust, Caution


    I haven’t watched this film since it came out and had forgotten how it utterly floored me the first time. It’s a completely underrated masterpiece of cinema and Ang Lee’s best film hands down. Powerful performance fuel a dark romance that is also Lee’s most classicist piece of storytelling. It still holds up, perhaps now more than ever.

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love


    Still the greatest story of unrequited love EVER told, by one of the greatest cinematic poets who ever lived.

  • An Interview with God

    An Interview with God


    Started well with a great deal of potential, anchored by a great performance by David Straithern and some compelling thoughts about faith, but it ultimately falls apart in the third act once it loses its subjectivity and falls victim to an underwritten character for an otherwise committed and heartfelt portrayal from Brenton Thwaites.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird


    One of the few great classics I hadn’t seen. (I know, I know!). 
    A meditation on childhood, innocence and justice that is as profoundly heartbreaking as it is maddening. As relevant today as the day it was made, Mulligan’s classic dissects the cancer of perception at the heart of American consciousness. What was once considered harmless ignorance becomes murderous judgement... and that remains a poignant cautionary tale for both sides of the divisive line in modern America.

    Elmer Bernstein’s score is simply mesmerizing.

  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice


    Mann at the peak of his most expressive and experimental filmmaking. There’s a lot to admire about Miami Vice... Mann’s signature exploration of process and his love affair with the procedural... His obsession with... well... male obsession. The use of digital filmmaking is justified here... as Dion Beebe’s camera absorbs, explores, dissects and basks in the steely blue, relentless world of undercover law enforcement on the frontlines of the war on drugs.

    Although I think the greatest problem with this…

  • The Crow

    The Crow


    The Crow cannot simply be viewed as a movie... it has to be seen as a eulogy. And in that light it is able to transcend its cartoonishness and remain the dark allegory of tragedy and death that has become so iconic. It’s hard not to watch without having a lump in your throat.

    I wish we still had this Alex Proyas... the pre-I-Robot Proyas who took major risks and wasn’t afraid to explore his dark side.

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame


    Payoff after payoff after payoff after payoff after payoff leading to the most satisfying conclusion of a saga since, well, ever!!!

  • George Washington

    George Washington


    Ahead of its time and still progressive by today’s standards.