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  • Confidentially Yours

    ★★★½

  • Dark Phoenix

    ★★½

  • The Seventh Day

    ★★½

  • Rambo: First Blood Part II

    ★★½

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  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★½

    Whilst ‘film bro’ films can often be maligned, I still feel that many of the great ones play just as well regardless the viewer age. I’m coming to suspect that Taxi Driver isn’t one of them.

    I first fell in love with this atmospheric film whilst still in high school. It just felt so exotic yet confiding. Like a transgressive ashtray heart Elmo in Grouchland or something. I think young adults who leave small town home, have spent time in…

  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★

    Ignore my previous review. Shot-for-shot there is always something meaningful oozing out of each frame, which coupled with the enthralling editing and astounding sonic art creates an intoxicating cinematic experience. Mann has such tasteful control over the various tools in the filmmaking process which brings the best out of his techies, and you can feel the work put into the diegetic sound choices, the eclectic field recordings, the channel mixing, the music editing. A moment like the closing-time background noise…

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  • Rambo: First Blood Part II

    Rambo: First Blood Part II

    ★★½

    Competently done with both a classic and contemporary iconic feel and a lot of loving subtle homage and diligent action cutting but the berserker formula is a bit more forced, the pacing lulls are palpable, and that final speech is Razzie Clip. The drifter vagrant vilification in First Blood just had a bit more of a distinct oomph to it, and Missing in Action sneakily beat this to the same punch. Still, Stallone films, and specifically Rambo films, are pretty…

  • The Seventh Day

    The Seventh Day

    ★★½

    Starts out intriguingly, like a street Training Day: Exorcism Unit, before a second half devolving into exorcist formula and a deluge of modern jump scares. Even so, I've seen a lot worse than this, the makeup special effects and moody horror beats are resourceful with a modicum of class, whilst the performances are well-captured. Pearce and Lang are on-point, but the co-lead is a bit garbage. Worth a watch, solidly put together if a bit unimaginative.

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  • Match Point

    Match Point

    ★★★★½

    Match Point is everything I was hoping, and more. Woody serves up arguably his most delightfully rich genre reinvention, kind of like a reimagining of A Place in the Sun with a dash of Crime & Punishment.

    Match Point is a curious cross-reference of influences. It has the bedrock of a Woody Allen film. The emotional energy and relationship betrayal of a Hitchcockian dark thriller. And a sliver of Barry Lyndon Irish rogue penetration of high society to it. Most of…

  • Boyz n the Hood

    Boyz n the Hood

    ★★★★½

    If you watch this film without a stupid foolish-looking knowing grin plastered on your face, there is something wrong with you. The match up of script, acting and direction here is sublime, creating an unbelievable sense of truth. John Singleton really hits this one out of the park.

    This film also has one of Fishburne's very best roles.

    You can just feel its palpable influence over urban music to come. It's all here, all the truth and all the myth.…