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  • Raise the Red Lantern
  • The Mission
  • Drive
  • RRR

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  • Shaolin Temple

  • The Asphalt Jungle

  • Baal

    ★★★★

  • The Vampires or, The Arch Criminals of Paris

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  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "I will meet you there, on the sea of ice."

    I tend to take notes and start thinking about a review as I'm watching (maybe it's podcaster brain, I don't know). And so in the first half-hour or so of this, I was honestly thinking that some of the character and plot stuff (clearly directly from Mary Shelley's novel) was a bit overkill and wasn't really entertaining enough. Perhaps I was a bit too influenced going in by knowing that…

  • Ocean's Thirteen

    Ocean's Thirteen

    ★★★★½

    I, too, would do anything to defend Elliott Gould’s honor.

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  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★½

    A major letdown. The film is just so toothless until it’s suddenly unfathomably brutal. This is indicative of the tonal problems throughout, and while I’ll avoid spoiling the conclusion in this review, the first word that came to mind as the credits rolled was “pointless.” 

    My primary critique would be that its central character, Cassie, is neither righteous enough nor unhinged enough for this to work for me. The film is too conflicted about her to pick a lane: Carey…

  • Not Cool

    Not Cool

    ½

    “When we watched Shane’s movie... I was depressed for a couple of hours at least. I found it deeply offensive. I’m angry, actually, I’m angry. The fact that $850,000 got put into making something that was so egregiously offensive. And not only the material, but actually the fact that $850,000 was put into making that, it made me angry... The amount of time that I spent watching Shane’s film I will never get back in my life, and I am resentful of that. This kid had $850,000 and all he managed to do was make smut." (Z. Quinto, 2014)