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  • Ikiru

    Ikiru

    ★★★★★

    This is the THIRD Akira Kurosawa film to break into my top films of all time, IKIRU is a very meaningful story about a man dying of stomach cancer who, in his final moments, searching for purpose and meaning.

    I may not have stomach cancer, but I do feel very connected to the story and protagonist and his situation through my own battles with depression. I often feel like my life is on autopilot and I am just coasting along…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★★

    Shame! they said. Non-Canon, they said! Rian Johnson ruined Star Wars, they said.

    Guys, did you even watch The Last Jedi? Because what I just witnessed was the best Star Wars experience since Empire Strikes Back.
    Rian Johnson directs the shit out of the movie. He puts all the pieces into place. Rian said it himself. As the middle chapter in the Trilogy, he wanted to focus on the characters and story. And he does it all with ease. Every…

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  • Too Old to Die Young: North of Hollywood, West of Hell

    Too Old to Die Young: North of Hollywood, West of Hell

    ★★★★½

    This is porn. Nicolas Winding Refn just makes porn.

  • Funny Games

    Funny Games

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I try to remain spoiler free in my reviews, but man this film is just killing me mentally right now, so I'm gonna flag this for spoilers just in case.

    So there's the main family of 4: man, wife, son, and dog. There's the neighbor family of a man and wife, and a daughter we don't see on screen. That's 3. Then we see three friends on the boat. That's 10 total characters, plus the two murderous boys.

    Basically what…

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  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★★

    "You're going to want to get good and fucked up before this meal."

    In this psycho-noir epic tale, Paul Thomas Anderson delivers a thick cloud of deep dialogue and intense performances than entrances it's viewers.
    The narrative by Joanna Newsom is wonderful and a welcome addition to the style.
    As usual, Jonny Greenwood's score is spot on with the overall tone.

    Paul Thomas Anderson proves again that he is one of the best working today, and Inherent Vice is a unique addition to his arsenal.

  • Taken 3

    Taken 3

    ½

    Well, the third installm3nt in the trilogy comes Tak3n.
    And as exp3cted, it was a total trainwr3ck.
    In the first act, it seems like it tries SO hard to be differ3nt, little annoying nods to th3 oth3rs, and all that it accomplish3s is to be corny and riddl3d with overdone dialogue.
    Th3n aft3r Tak3n takes off, it b3comes the same song and dance. Only, well, worse.
    Liam N33son does what he can with what he is giv3n, but For3st Whitak3r…