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  • You've Got Mail

    You've Got Mail

    ★★★★

    I, personally, would have been completely happy with Parker Posey as my romantic partner.

  • The Chronicles of Riddick

    The Chronicles of Riddick

    ★★★

    I honestly could not tell you what happens in the second act of this movie other than it fucking ripped. Riddick rules, all hail the new emperor of the Necromongers.

  • The Enforcer

    The Enforcer

    ★★

    if magnum force was something of a critique, the enforcer, doubles-down on the most reactionary impulses of this franchise. it’s a movie where eastwood faces off against hippie terrorists (with no politics to speak of) and has to deal with pc culture in the form of a lady cop. there’s also the usual helping of racist stereotypes. a low point in the series, thus far.

  • The Assistant

    The Assistant

    ★★★★

    A claustrophobic horror film about bureaucracy and all the ways in which monstrous behavior is covered for and normalized. Expertly directed, especially as it relates to how sexism and misogyny can saturate the very atmosphere of a place. Julia Garner is a real treasure.

  • John Lewis: Good Trouble

    John Lewis: Good Trouble

    ★★★★

    The Civil Rights Movement has become such a part of this country’s mythology that it is easy to forget the circumstances of what actually happened: A relatively small group of mostly young black people from working-class and impoverished backgrounds dismantled the legal basis for American apartheid and inspired freedom movements around the world.

    John Lewis was one of those young people — a kid, really — and it is no exaggeration to say he helped realize American democracy and in the process, change the course of this country’s history. 

    Anyway, the movie is good.

  • xXx: Return of Xander Cage

    xXx: Return of Xander Cage

    ★★

    weirdly one of the few american action films to cast donnie yen and let him do shit.

  • Magnum Force

    Magnum Force

    ★★★

    "Dirty Harry II: Magnum Force" or "Turns out vigilante police are actually incredibly dangerous and a profound threat to a sustainable democratic order."

  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★½

    spent most of this watch marveling at the sheer de palmaness of this movie.

  • The Philadelphia Story

    The Philadelphia Story

    ★★★★½

    ruth hussey quickly moving to the top of my hollywood crush rankings

  • Total Recall

    Total Recall

    ★½

    Intolerably boring.

  • RoboCop

    RoboCop

    ★★★★★

    This movie is violent, vulgar and schlocky. Our protaganist, played by a Peter Weller, is introduced and killed within 20 minutes, graphically blown apart by a criminal gang. One character, near the end of the film, is maimed by toxic waste and killed when a car hits him and he explodes. But this isn't gratuitous violence; it exists in dialogue with story and theme. Robocop takes place in a future Detroit where crime is out of control and the police…

  • RoboCop

    RoboCop

    ★★

    Me, imagining the people who wrote this movie:

    “Let’s take a brilliant, biting satire, drain it of everything that makes it interesting, tone down the violence to sub-PG-13 levels, and stuff it with every blockbuster cliche we can find.”