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  • Lenny Cooke

    Lenny Cooke

    ★★★★★

    "Get that money, baby."

    The sports doc equivalent of Inside Llewyn Davis. If not for their 2019 masterpiece, it'd be the Safdies' best film.

    I consider it a personal travesty that I hadn't seen this until now. Outstanding footage – many of these scenes might as well be coming from a fictional feature a-la He Got Game. A hopeless cycle of desires, distractions, mentorship, and shattered dreams. You can almost see the life-sized scales being tipped in a moment's notice,…

  • Underground

    Underground

    ★★★★★

    Completely astonishing. It’s hard to comprehend something like this exists. It encompasses everything about patriotism, ideology and love, it’s hilarious and devastating and insane in its surrealism.

    It feels like more than a film. It’s the story of a country and its death. It’s a celebration of its life in the most intoxicating, colorful way. It’s the love, the spirit, the compromise, the disillusionment that held it together. Until it was gone.

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  • Raising Cain

    Raising Cain

    ★★★★

    Legendary Lithgow, accents and all. I don't know that this one has a purpose, much of the time it's kinda hilarious. And entirely effective, as with every piece of pulpy bullshit De Palma makes. Don't ask him to elevate it emotionally, but visually? An unassailable king. Similarly to Dressed to Kill, it gets a full rating bump simply due to the miraculous power of the climactic sequence, has you grinning with excitement and jawdropped at the technical mastery. Also one of the best final shots ever.

  • The Long Riders

    The Long Riders

    ★★★

    Fairly nuanced and regretful even as these assholes are pitched as cool heroes – destructive slow-mo action, cuts to coroner's cloths and funerals upon funerals... blood spilled by blood brothers. A little bland though, none of the characters end up standing out.

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  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★½

    Wingard went and made a 100-minute franchise movie that also acts as a video game. Fantastic superficial pleasure. I love how gonzo this is, start to finish – Kong's hilarious needle drops, Rebecca Hall's dialogue, some sort of Chris Nolan's The Goonies subplot, technobabble, unsupervised children everywhere. And those neons!

  • Born on the Fourth of July

    Born on the Fourth of July

    ★★★★½

    "Things that made sense. Before we all got so lost."

    First viewing since I was just a kid and didn't really get it back then. Wow, what an experience, a biopic and an epic and a meditation all weaved together. Stone pushes back his usual preachings in favor of a profound study of American values, he leaves scenes to breathe and for you to ponder the devastating conflict, and he crafts a powerful, heartfelt, thoughtful story.

    The symbolism is on…