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  • The Avenging Eagle

    The Avenging Eagle

    ★★★★

    Wowza. I don't review much any more but I just watched The Avenging Eagle, directed by Sun Chung. Its as good as any Shaw Brothers movie can be. My favorite Shaws are your favorite Shaws, 36 Chambers, 8 Diagram Pole Fighter, One-Armed Swordsman, Come Drink With Me, etc... but this one stands among the best I've seen. I'm not going to bother with a plot synopsis, since those exist. There was great editing, clearly defined characters, bad ass fights, excellent…

  • Stevie

    Stevie

    ★★★★★

    Oh man, I don't take my reviews on LB seriously, but I have a lot of thoughts about this movie that I can't quite shake, maybe despite the fact that I would really prefer to pretend it didn't exist. First off, Steve James. First movie I saw of his was Hoop Dreams, like most people. I also really admired The Interrupters, as a human and a Chicagoan. He directed a documentary about Roger Ebert too. Ebert was a champion of…

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    This fuckin thing... I guess I'll start with this review by grandstanding and saying Ethan Hawke has become one of the best film actors. I didn't expect it any more than you did, but the guy proves it time and again over the last few years. On to Schrader: Oh man. This is a Paul Schrader ass movie. I was slightly torn while watching it that he was riffing too hard on his own movie, Taxi Driver. But I think…

  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★½

    So I watched American Honey, and I can't for the life of me understand how there was anything but universal acclaim for this film. First of all I loved so many things: the lead Sasha, Riley Keough, the cast of unknowns who played the kids, and most of all (as weird as this feels to type) hail Shia LeBouef. The guy is basically Marlon Brando in this thing. This is my first Andrea Arnold picture and I'm already wondering if…