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  • A Better Tomorrow II
  • Wet Hot American Summer
  • The Warriors
  • We're All Going to the World's Fair

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  • The Expendables 3

    ★★★★

  • Butterfly Kiss

    ★★★★

  • Totally Fucked Up

    ★★★★★

  • WWE Extreme Rules 2022

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  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    I've wanted to write about this for a while but could never find the right outlet. Then I happened across Letterboxd, where people definitely understand the power that a film can hold for someone—for any number of reasons. It's also appropriate considering the subject, so I apologize in advance if this isn't what you're looking for, and thank those of you who have always made this platform feel like a place where people can say what they're feeling.

    My friend,…

  • Trick 'r Treat

    Trick 'r Treat

    ★★★★★

    Where to begin... This movie is everything to me: my Dad picking me up from school at lunch Halloween day so I wouldn't miss decorating our house; my sister and I going down to his workshop to see what incredible horrors had been born of the ostensibly useless junk lying around the rest of the year, given form and purpose through the magic of the occasion; my Dad forgetting pumpkins—of all things—in the rush to prepare and scouring the city…

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  • The Expendables 3

    The Expendables 3

    ★★★★

    It's actually sort of surprising how few times these guys' paths crossed prior to the Expendables series. What do you chalk that up to? Egos? The studio formula then just being to hang a film on one dude's massive traps? Say what you will about Marvel movies and the resultant state of big-budget action cinema, but it is nice that they afford so many dream team-ups. Also, I take Stallone having worked with a bunch of the leads before as…

  • Butterfly Kiss

    Butterfly Kiss

    ★★★★

    Winterbottom's debut features most of what you'll find in his later films, though all combined here to great effect, including a mismatched pair on the road together, graphic sex (9 Songs is one of those movies I'm reluctant to display on my shelf—feels like it should be behind some beads [I swear I got it for The Dandy Warhols and Franz Ferdinand performing 2 of the titular 9 songs!]), and a bangin' soundtrack, with multiple Cranberries cuts, Björk, PJ Harvey...…

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  • Brotherhood of the Wolf

    Brotherhood of the Wolf

    ★★★★½

    Half the time Gans is out there shooting this thing like he's Mann making The Last of the Mohicans, then this dude fucking match cuts from Monica Bellucci's breasts to snowy mountains—it's bonkers. And how about the fact that this is a lavish period piece-cum-creature feature, with martial arts, and motherfucking Mark Dacascos martial arts at that—choreographed by the action coordinator on Hard Boiled(!)—with Dacascos doing kip-ups and flipping his hair back like Shawn Michaels before swashknuckling guys, all set against a pseudo-historical backdrop that'd make Cage cream? I can't believe this is real.

    I love this shit.

  • Totally Fucked Up

    Totally Fucked Up

    ★★★★★

    The title says it all. In a world so totally fucked up, where everyone seems to want to kill you for who you are, how could Andy not feel the same way? Like in The Doom Generation, Araki tells us right from the start how it's going to end; the system doesn't allow alternative outcomes, and only a few escape through the cracks—though not unharmed. Whereas Doom follows its characters in their (futile) attempt at such an escape, Fucked Up