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  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    Kill Bill: Vol. 2

    ★★★★

    the saga continues! Uma Thurman reaches her most explosive, violent and unforgiving self on screen yet! the obvious differences between Vol. 2 when compared to Vol. 1 are so obvious. we have so much more dialogue, character development and a resurrection. literally. we also have a full forty minutes of movie more compared to its first. this movie is a smash sequel.

    the trailer park duel and eye snatching scene in Kill Bill Volume 2 makes a snakebite look so…

  • Office Space

    Office Space

    ★★★★½

    Office Space is by far one of my favorite 90’s gems. this movie embodies the mundane office and cubicle hell we have all came to have known at one point and wish we could break out of. hands down one of the funniest films ever made. this movie is perfect fuel for what they called the “slacker generation.” and thanks to Mike Judge’ brilliance we have a perfectly encapsulated piece of comedic movie history.

    “what? shit no man, I reckon you’d get your ass kicked saying something like that”

  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    ★★★★½

    Tarrentino perfectly blends his influences and inspiration from classic Japanese cinema to tell this modern revenge masterpiece. intertwined with some of the most brutal and perfectly executed japanese animation, the saga begins! 

    everything from the beautiful fight choreography, stellar acting from Uma Thurman and chapter scene transitions, Quintin Tarrentino solidifies in his fourth film that he is exactly the directing powerhouse you always knew he was.

    “revenge is a dish best served cold.”

  • The Highwaymen

    The Highwaymen

    ★★½

    two texas rangers (played by Woddy Harrselon and Kevin Costner) are commissioned to find and kill the notorious crime duo known as “Bonnie and Clyde”. which they do, and the history books already told us they had. this film focuses more on the personal relationships between these two Texas rangers but other than that, this movie is unbelievably standard and this 2019 version of this film shows us nothing we already didn’t know. this film tries to make a huge connection between how criminals and murderers are celebrated in the public eye, and we already knew that also.

  • Buffalo '66

    Buffalo '66

    ★★★★½

    Bobby Brown is a degenerate gambler who was given a five year prison sentence for copping to a crime he didn’t commit in order to pay off a huge gambling debt. freshly released from prison he quickly and forcibly takes Layla (Christina Ricci) under his wing and makes her his right hand woman in this beautifully shot comedic drama known as Buffalo 66. 

    Buffalo 66 is shot well and a few stops underexposed in a very pleasing and gritty 35mm…

  • Ride in the Whirlwind

    Ride in the Whirlwind

    ★★★½

    Ride Into The Whirlwind is a bit slow handed but it’s a american tale told on the beautiful landscape of the west starred and written by Jack Nicholson (insane) about a group of farmhands who are mistaken for a band of outlaw robbers. Harry Dean Stanton dazzles the screen as always, but what else is expected by two of our great actors of all time. (RIP Harry). the pacing is a bit to stretch but this is an essentional western with a stellar cast.

  • Savage

    Savage

    I cannot rate this because I couldn’t stomach a half hour of it. theater walk out. yikes.

  • Totally Fucked Up

    Totally Fucked Up

    ★★★½

    Rolling Stone called this film “defining age of teenage angst cinema” and although I don’t disagree completely, it’s a fifteen part series of scratchy poor quality VHS styled documentary about a group of teens living in Los Angeles fully immersed in gay culture. it’s raw and gritty cigarette fueled, hormone raging coming of age story with a industrial and british new wave soundtrack to boot. “life is shit”. yes it is.

  • Blood Simple

    Blood Simple

    ★★★★½

    The Coen brothers directorial debute of Blood Simple lays out a perfect blueprint for what these two mastermind lovers of cinema inspired to be. these guys really love texas. full of double crossing, dark twists and unforgiving violence the Coen’s humble beginnings are something to truly savor. the Coen’s were able to establish some comedic release in many of their films, Blood Simple doesn’t have close to any but it has every element you’d expect from these partners of movie magic.

  • Lick the Star

    Lick the Star

    ★★★½

    Reminiscent of typical teenage 90’s stylings of films like Jawbreaker, Cruel Intentions and you guessed it, The Virgin Suicides; Sophia Coppola’s fifteen minute short “Lick The Star” shows her exact pathway to what an absolute masterpiece The Virgin Suicides would become in the next year. one of my favorite directors humble beginnings.

    *my first Critern Channel viewing! :-)*

  • Long Shot

    Long Shot

    ★★★

    a Secretary of State is reunited with a childhood friend turned journalist in this sappy, sometimes cheesy romantic comedy starring Seth Rogan and Charlize Theron. this films serves it’s purpose as it’s intertwined with heart warming scenes and ridiculous scenarios paired together. this film has Rogan’s usual stoner antics contrasted between Theron’s strong demeanor and race for the presidency. it’s packed full of current events and borders on earning a “woke” title. it feels so very 2019. there are some comedic highlights and interesting joke structures with some questionable casting but overall, we laugh and fake cry.

  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    ★½

    this film is a fragmented, jumbled mess of some of the poorest quality editing and unbelievably bland acting i’ve ever seen. completely misleading and extremely stale. the score sounds like the cheapest Lifetime drama ever produced and overall this is a major mistake. disappointing is an understatement.