Max Victory

Max Victory

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Films are like truffles, in that they are tasty and I am constantly rooting through mud for them because I am a pig.

Favorite films

  • A Knight's Tale
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Pride & Prejudice

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  • The Lawnmower Man

    ★★★

  • Planet of the Apes

    ★★★½

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★½

  • Mission: Impossible III

    ★★★

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  • The Lawnmower Man

    The Lawnmower Man

    ★★★

    Delightfully bonkers. This movie is in essence an adaptation of Flowers for Algernon where instead of just turning into a genius, Jaff Fahey becomes a digital supervillain. I completely lost it when he gets psychic powers, then revenges himself on his former bullies by telekinetically throwing a lawnmower at them. He worked in lawn care, so I guess that's his theme now!! Then he calls himself "Cyber Christ." Amazing. Did I mention that this movie opens with a cyborg chimpanzee…

  • Planet of the Apes

    Planet of the Apes

    ★★★½

    After watching Planet of the Apes in full for the first time, it's not surprising that the final scene, and Heston's earlier cry to a "damn dirty ape," are the iconic standouts that formed the collective cultural memory of this film. The many scenes that fill the middle of the picture run together as they are all of the same kind, with Heston imprisoned and raging and threatened with mutilation; his mere existence challenges the orthodoxy of the alien ape…

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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★

    What a soundscape. Daniel Lopatin's score is wondrous. It's mystical while also crassly new agey with synths and smooth jazz, and it floats at a serene height above the plot's sordid goings-on. The tumult of the dialogue track is mixed perfectly. It's a cacophony where you can still follow every angry yelling thread as they all endlessly interlace.

    Adam Sandler delivers with a gusto. He completely nails it as a gambling addict whose veneer of normalcy is falling away behind…

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★★

    Revisiting The Matrix after Resurrections is a fun exercise. Lana Wachowski had sneers in the sequel for both those who tried to coast the franchise off the original and those who worshipfully philosophized about it. It's not that The Matrix doesn't support big ideas (or lazy money-making), it's just that when you go back to the source, the overwhelming passion is clearly for COOLNESS above all else! So much meticulous craftsmanship, pouring out of every element. The staging of reflections,…