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  • Reservoir Dogs

    Reservoir Dogs

    ★★★★½

    Finally saw Reservoir Dogs for the first time.

    This, along with Pulp Fiction, solidifies Quentin Tarantino as one of my favorite filmmakers.

    I don't necessarily claim Tarantino as an "original," for he clearly homages and imitates. But his imitations make for wonderfully entertaining mixtures of comedy and violence that have this strange texture. Also entertaining about Tarantino's films, as seen in this and other movies he did, is the way characters love to talk. I love it.

  • Fury

    Fury

    ★★★★½

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

    This angry film reminds me of The Big Heat.

    Despite the melodramatic ending, Fury is a wonderfully angry, bitter film. But even the ending has an edge of bitterness. We don't quite know if our hero ever will regain his faith in American law and justice that he once had.

    Either way, I was happy to have seen this film.

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  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★★

    John Wick is truly an amazing film. I just finished watching it around this time and I had one of the great cinematic experiences in my life.

    The premise seems to be so simple and virtually clichéd: a retired hitman is pulled back into the business when some evil Russian gangstas kill his dog and steal his classic car.

    However, the great thing about Chad Stabelski's and David Lench's rip-roaring action flick is that it takes this simple premise and…

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises

    ★★★★★

    So now my rewatching of Christopher Nolan's epochal The Dark Knight Trilogy has come to an end. Sure, I will have a few more rewatches of this amazing cornerstone in popular Hollywood filmmaking, but experiencing Nolan's achievement again has meant a lot for me.

    While The Dark Knight remains the best of the series for its superlative tightness, energetic and smooth style and technical brilliance, The Dark Knight Rises, for all its blemishes, manages to be the grandest and, in…