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  • Harlan County U.S.A.
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • The Legend of Drunken Master
  • The Straight Story

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  • RRR

    ★★★★½

  • King Kong Lives

  • Flash Gordon

    ★★

  • Million Dollar Mystery

    ½

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  • King Kong Lives

    King Kong Lives

    One of the most notoriously awful sequels of all time, King Kong Lives - an extremely low budget sequel to Dino De Laurentiis' late 70s Kong, with director John Guillermin returning (for what would be his last theatrical feature) - lives down to its reputation.

    Kong has survived the events of the previous film and has been in a coma at a research facility in Atlanta. His handler (Linda Hamilton, alternating between looking high as fuck and like she wants…

  • Flash Gordon

    Flash Gordon

    ★★

    There was a bar I used to frequent - which sadly closed last spring, another victim of the pandemic - where, on the wall of TVs behind the bar, there was one that did nothing but play 1980s Flash Gordon on a loop. Every other television was tuned to sports or the news or whatever, except for the one that never stopped playing Flash Gordon. It annoyed some of the bar patrons to no end, but it was the bartender's…

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  • Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off

    Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off

    ★★★★

    A surprisingly moving look at skateboarding legend Tony Hawk that finds a great amount of weight in places a lot of documentaries overlook.

    It's not that Hawk's constantly innovating decades long career isn't filled with drama outside the halfpipe, it's that director Sam Jones understands that people have seen that sort of arc before. Person fights their way to the top, they become too famous too fast, they have broken relationships, they find redemption in unlikely places, etc. etc. That…

  • Pharma Bro

    Pharma Bro

    Documentary aside, this dude is a true piece of shit, no matter how you slice it. He's a troll who figured out that you can get a emotional rush by seeing the reaction of people you think you're dunking on and by doubling down on your all-too-carefully-cultivated image of a supervillain. The only difference is that he has money and he's not anonymous.

    But this borderline unwatchable, amateurish, and severely cringey documentary isn't bad because the subject is a terrible…