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  • The Dead Zone

    The Dead Zone

    ★★★★½

    "You cowardly bastard! You're not the voice of the people, I am the voice of the people! The people speak through me, not you!"

    Was 3.5, now 4.5.

    Maybe I just needed time to warm up to The Dead Zone, because now I think it's an unequivocal genre classic. This is much more approachable than many of David Cronenberg's other efforts, aiming for an eerie sensibility as opposed to explicit gore or scares. An ominous atmosphere pervades the entire affair,…

  • True Romance

    True Romance

    ★★★★★

    "He must have thought it was white boy day. It ain't white boy day, is it?"

    True Romance isn't just a great movie. It's a goddamn tour de force. A sublime symphony of iconic characters and effortless cool, made by craftsmen at the top of their game. Obviously the ensemble is tremendous, from Brad Pitt's clueless stoner to Gary Oldman's detestable pimp. Tony Scott even takes a potshot at The Last Boy Scout producer Joel Silver, in the form of…

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  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    ★★★★

    "The hospitality in this country is as warm as the weather."

    I get it. You all think you're cool for disliking this movie. Because of the accents, because of the anachronisms, because of the Hollywood-ness of it all.

    Well, you're all wrong. Prince of Thieves owns. As a Robin Hood story, it successfully depicts the themes of class warfare inherent within the character. As a medieval action epic, it's sweeping as hell. The set pieces hold up, and Michael Kamen's…

  • The Lost Boys

    The Lost Boys

    ★★★½

    "Death by stereo."

    Definitely the more popular vampire flick from 1987, and also the most homoerotic (courtesy of camp blockbuster maestro Joel Schumacher). Almost every male character wears an earring, the vampires dress in leather, and that's not even mentioning the shirtless saxophone player. There may be a female love interest present, but all the tension clearly originates from Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland's interactions: it's like a proto-Point Break bromance gone bad.

    Truthfully, I think The Lost Boys is…

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  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★

    "Who are you?"
    "Odin Himself."

    Tight, tense, and terrifying. Green Room may be this generation's Assault on Precinct 13. It's certainly more gripping than Blue Ruin, mostly by virtue of having better protagonists. Anton Yelchin is fantastic, and so are his band mates. I just wish every character got more screen time - I don't know if that's a good sign or a bad one. Either way, I actually want to watch this again, like, right now.

    And speaking as a Scott Pilgrim fan, it was pretty sweet to see Mark Webber again (Stephen Stills!), even if he's almost unrecognisable as a Neo-Nazi skinhead.

  • Top Secret!

    Top Secret!

    ★★★★½

    "I know a little German. He's sitting over there."

    10 reasons why Top Secret! is better than Airplane!:

    1. Spy movies are, like, far more fun than airplane movies.

    2. Val Kilmer > Robert Hays.

    3. That soundtrack is legitimately great.

    4. The central romance is developed in more interesting ways, and feels more engaging.

    5. There's a villain this time, and he's actually pretty good.

    6. The idea that several time periods seem to co-exist (Nazi Germany; 50's and 60's…