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  • Gladiator

    Gladiator

    ★★★★★

    92

    "My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."


    Another film I hadn't seen for ages, and I'm happy to report this still holds up. Ridley Scott is confident in just about every angle here, from the top tier…

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★★★★

    100



    It's been AGES since I saw this, and suffice to say, this was absolutely phenomenal. The animation is breathtaking and the voice acting is absolutely aces especially for James Earl Jones and Jeremy Irons. Practically as flawless as I remember it, this is a truly remarkable film. For those complaining about remakes, this is essentially a remake as well. It's basically Hamlet, but with animals set somewhere in Africa. Yet it doesn't change the fact the story is extremely well told, as it blends in the musical numbers that drive the story and characters. It's a great film, period.

  • The Monster Squad

    The Monster Squad

    ★★★★

    84


    "Creature stole my Twinkie."


    Wonderfully quick chiller/comedy that fires on all cylinders. The monsters all look terrific here. Clearly inspired by Ghostbusters, but this does its own thing, especially given the main cast are kids. As a nice bonus, the kids are all fun to watch. This also has that self-awareness in which I really enjoyed. If you want something chilling and some laughs in under 90 minutes, this is right up your alley. I found this on Prime…

  • Aziz Ansari: Right Now

    Aziz Ansari: Right Now

    ★★★★½

    86


    Not at all the same Aziz Ansari that we've watched all these years. Clearly far more jaded and nuanced than ever, but brings wonderful warmth despite a more cynical attitude. Tackles tough topics with ease as well as honesty. The old Aziz Ansari is dead, but I'm pretty into the Aziz Ansari we're watching now. I do hope he's changed for the better, and so do I for myself and for all of us. It's what we can do in the meantime.

  • RoboCop

    RoboCop

    ★★★★★

    98

    "I'd buy that for a dollar!"


    M A S T E R P I E C E.

    Paul Verhoeven's signature satire is in full force while never wavering on the entertainment factor. Yet, it might be a tad bit difficult to watch today as some of the things that does indeed surface throughout the film is now out in full force, and indeed paints a depressing picture of our current society today. Large corporations run amok, not in just…

  • Batman & Robin

    Batman & Robin

    ★★★½

    78

    "Let's kick some ice!"

    A throwback to the Adam West Batman shows, only given a huge budget with brilliantly colorful sets and in what seems to be an incredibly fun script to work with. I only wish it went further with the campiness, but Gods, someone signed off this and praise be. It's downright bonkers and I love it. Grew up with this and Batman Forever, and I'm just glad to say even at 24 years old, I still dig these movies. Nostalgia glasses, fine, but they're fun as hell.

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★★

    100


    "Smile, you son of a bitch!"


    It doesn't take much thinking in how effortless all of it seems to be despite the well known production troubles. If anything, this film is indicative of Spielberg's strengths as well as Williams' strengths for his scoring, often when there's an implication of the titular shark lurking about. One of the greatest films ever made.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

    94

    "Welcome, and happy Midsommar. Skål!"


    Often calculating, hilarious, and terrifying; Ari Aster is a fascinating one to watch. I wasn't too hot on Hereditary but it was impossible to look away throughout. It's just the same here, yet what Aster does here, and how he weaves it in the prevalent themes, and I think he hit a home run here. For sure this warrants a re-watch, but I loved how this came together at the end. The closing shot…

  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    ★★★★★

    97

    "You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain."


    Still a fantastic Batman film after all these years. Still functions as an examination of the post-9/11 America. Still as unsure as ever as to who will look after their own society. Even under scrutiny, the craftsmanship is mostly immaculate other than that two boats part and that video game fight that takes place near the end. The execution in these always left plenty to be desired, but it still serves a purpose. Yet it still soars for the most part.

  • Forrest Gump

    Forrest Gump

    ★★★★

    80


    "Run, Forrest. Run!"

    Undeniably charming at its core, Forrest Gump is not hard to figure out why it's so well-revered. Tom Hanks performs the role with ease, as he recounts Forrest's life with enthusiasm and honesty that only Tom Hanks himself could nail. It's often fun, occasionally emotional, and just an easy watch. I've definitely cooled on it since I grew up, but it's always a good time. Gary Sinise is a big bonus here, and often steals the show here.

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    ★★★★★

    98


    "It's a big conspiracy."
    "What's a conspiracy?"
    "Everything."

    They didn't come in metal ships. They didn't come with laser weapons. No saucers. They come in... pods! And you're one of them when you sleep!

    I didn't necessarily think it was impossible for this to clear the bar that the 1956 original raised (which I just fucking ADORE), but this did that with ease, and maybe raised it even higher. Man. The tension just wouldn't let up in the first…

  • WALL·E

    WALL·E

    ★★★★★

    100


    "WALL-E!"


    Love conquers all. Practically flawless, down to the very last of details. Hearkens back to the era where the medium of cinema relied on visual storytelling, and does that to perfection. People like Buster Keaton would've been very proud of this movie. Easily one of Pixar's best.