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  • Posse

    Posse

    ★★

    I’m telling you, Mario Van Peebles is vastly underrated as a crap auteur. Much like New Jack this is a stylish sloppy mess with a fun cast that occasionally remembers that it’s maybe supposed to be about something. MVP shamelessly makes himself looks cooler than everyone else—every shot of his character is framed “Iconic Hero” style. I think his biggest Western influence was Young Guns. He probably saw half of The Good the Bad and the Ugly in a bar, the sound was off but he got the gist. Docked a half star for squandering the bejeesus out of Pam Grier.

  • Romancing the Stone

    Romancing the Stone

    ★★★

    Dutifully hits all of the Raiders/adventure beats (jungle, rickety bridge, cave treasure, snakes, skeletons) while trying to maintain a good 1:2 romance ratio. It is what it claims to be. Mike Douglas never feels rugged, he seems just as uncomfortable out there as the city lady. Most of the fun comes from Kathleen Turner, who is hilarious and somehow resists those obnoxious Kate Capshaw vibes. Bonus half star for a decidedly un-PG gator bite towards the end, holy shit.

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  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★½

    Y’all know this movie is fucking insane, right? An unhinged mishmash of bizarre plot machinations, over the top performances and cartoonish violence—this may be the strangest best picture winner of all time. This is the one Marty finally got his Oscar for. Not Taxi Driver, not Goodfellas, this faakin doofy Baastin crime parable that feels like a musical without the songs. There is a sex scene set to “Comfortably Numb.” Everybody was skipping meds.

  • Lethal Weapon 4

    Lethal Weapon 4

    ★★½

    Last three scenes: 
    Riggs and Murtaugh bloodily dispatching Jet Li with a rebar pole.
    Joe Pesci tearfully telling Riggs about his dead pet frog from childhood.
    Wacky childbirth sequence.
    Damn this series got weird. Great car chase, though.