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  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water


    Hell or High Water might be the most adult film I've seen this decade. No gimmicks. No juvenile tendencies. No bull. No cheap shots. It's a Deep Fried Wild West Western Texas Noir, filmed in New Mexico, but it's Texas to the bone. 

    Jeff Bridges is the cop. Chris Pine is the robber. However, they're both duel-protagonists. The outlaw in me wanted Mr Pine to win the duel. While my conscience cheered on Mr Bridges. Both, have polar opposite partners.…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2


    The characters in the John Wick Cinematic Universe live in their own little world. They have their own code, currency, language and plenty of 5 star hotels to stay in. Everyone is connected. Every single person is a player in a giant game of chess. We don't see outsiders. Cops don't investigate. Damsels aren't in distress. Innocents don't get caught in the crossfire. It's like John Wick and the Gang are shadows living in an open world. Now, it's Chapter…

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  • Q



    Mime Cop

    The world recently lost director / writer / all around awesome person, Larry Cohen. There’s a great chance you’ve seen something he was involved in. You might not instantly recognize the name, but I’m asking you now, to seek out his work and experience the magic. 

    Q is Full Throttle Larry Cohen. A monster movie / cop flick / serial killer sacrifice mishmash. Made with a budget of around $12, shot on the gritty streets of NYC (Before…

  • The Evil That Men Do

    The Evil That Men Do


    Straight Savage 

    Charles Bronson is no doubt a man’s man. He’s as macho as they come, and unapologetically badasss. He can fuck you with his eyes, or kill you stone cold dead. The Evil That Men Do is Bronson in his comfort zone, working with a director he’s very familiar with ( J Lee Thompson) and spilling violence all over the screen.

    The plot is laughable. Dr Evil tortures and kills lot of people in some country South of the…

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  • Whiplash



    Damien Chezelle's tale of a boy, his drums, and a teacher that speaks ever so loudly, and carries the biggest stick of badass this side of the Academy Awards, in one of the most heart pounding cardiac arrest breathtaking intense movies I've ever seen. The opening beat. The opening shot. The first time J.K. Simmons speaks. Groovy funky jazzy music makes all movies better. RIFIFI is the shit. Carter Burke? I knew Miles Teller was going to be special after…

  • Moonlight



    It doesn't matter who you sleep with, look like, voted for, your age, what part of the world you live in, your hairstyle, who your favorite member of Nickelback is, what type of car you drive, what music you listen to, your sex; a good movie is a good movie. You don't have to be a certain "type" of person to appreciate quality cinema. A great film should bring people closer, not rip them apart. That's what I got out…