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  • Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
  • My Cousin Vinny
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Attack the Gas Station!

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  • Princess Caraboo

    ★★★

  • Jimmy Hollywood

    ★★½

  • Dudes

    ★★★

  • Tragic Hero

    ★★½

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  • Yun’s Town

    Yun’s Town

    ★★★★

    Yun’s Town is an overlooked entry in the canon of Zainichi(ethnic Koreans living in Japan) cinema. While not the first film about the Zainichi to be directed by one, it’s notable for being one of the first ones to show in mainstream cinemas instead of art-houses, and for being screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Director Kim Woo-seon received the New Director Award from the Directors Guild of Japan, so one would think that the film would be well-known. Instead…

  • Museum of Love

    Museum of Love

    ★★★

    "It's about a guy who's so obsessed with his ex-girlfriend that he turns his house into a shrine to her," relates Slater. "He starts charging admission to people who want to come over and admire the artifacts of his lost love. It's pretty sick and obsessive. Right down my alley."

    When I decided to watch Christian Slater's full filmography, I found out that he had directed a short film titled Museum of Love. It aired on Showtime in 1996 in…

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  • Princess Caraboo

    Princess Caraboo

    ★★★

    This is a fun movie to have in the background but not one that left much of an impression once it ended. Based on a real story in the early 1800’s where a lower class woman pretended to be a princess from the East Indies and fooled some people in rural England before being exposed as a hoax. Phoebe Cates is charming as the lead though, doing a great job of conveying the playfulness of someone having a blast as…

  • Jimmy Hollywood

    Jimmy Hollywood

    ★★½

    Christian Slater performance ranking

    I’ve found Barry Levinson has one of the most confounding filmographies out of the filmmakers I’ve watched. I quite liked Diner and Tin Men(which gets a shout-out as it’s revealed that Pesci’s character was once an aluminum siding salesman). But in spite of their awards and acclaim I couldn’t connect with Bugsy or Avalon. As a kid I liked Young Sherlock Holmes, but even then I thought it was strange that Holmes went onto a supernatural…

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★★

    I always liked fighter aircraft, 80’s music, and Tom Cruise, so in theory the original Top Gun is a movie that I should’ve loved. But despite having seen it multiple times it’s never fully clicked for me. And while I did a watch of Tony Scott’s filmography recently, I still didn’t love Top Gun on re-watch.

    But even then, I was still excited for the sequel. I was curious about how it would handle the changes in air warfare since…

  • Christine

    Christine

    ★★★★

    You know, I thought girls were suposed to be jealous of other girls, not cars.

    Recently the Blank Check podcast started a miniseries on the filmography of John Carpenter. As much as I like Carpenter's films, I wasn't planning on watching all of them, but I do want to catch up on a few that I've missed before the podcast gets to them. I liked Keith Gordon's performance in The Legend of Billie Jean quite a bit and never saw…