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  • The Bad News Bears
  • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
  • The Sugarland Express
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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  • Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★★

  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    ★★★★★

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★★

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  • Pulp Fiction

    Pulp Fiction

    ★★★★★

    As influential as this was in the '90s, I still feel like Hollywood never quite learned the proper lessons from it. Pop culture dialogue, funny-horrific violence, non-linear storytelling: sure. But for me, the magic is still in how QT fuses genre archetypes & real psychologies.

    The self-reflexivity & pose of coolness is so easy to copy that a whole mini-genre of bad Tarantino-esque movies popped up after this. Which is why I'm sometimes hesitant to admit that this picture is absolutely the…

  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    Everybody Wants Some!!

    ★★★★★

    One of my favorite hangout films of all-time. No big plot. Just a 2 hour snapshot capturing the psychologies of hyper-competitive dudes all on the cusp of becoming adults. Probably the movie that best conjures me & my pals in our early 20s.

    In addition to the incredibly deep cast of characters -- our lead, Blake Jenner, is maybe the 11th most interesting character in the thing -- I love how unapologetic the picture is in presenting the early '80s young…

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★★★

    Gary Valentine is 15 yrs old but wants to be an adult; it's how he dresses, talks, & conducts business. His own father is nowhere to be seen. Alana Kane is 25 (28?) yrs old but doesn't know how to be an adult. Her father treats her like she's 15.

    Midpoint of the picture, Gary walks into his usual restaurant to see Alana having drinks w/ Sean Penn's Jack Holden, a hard-drinking, chainsmoking William Holden stand-in. Holden is everything that Gary…

  • Red Rocket

    Red Rocket

    ★★★★½

    Quite possibly the best film of the year. For a soulless narcissistic hustler, Mikey Saber is incredibly watchable. A vibrant, tactile comedy that suggests America is now all just quick hits of pleasure, a few side hustles, & an endless series of transactions.

    Impeccably cast. Simon Rex comes out of nowhere firing on ally cylinders from the opening 60 seconds & never cheats Mikey's puppy dog emptiness. Bree Elrod is stunning as his ex, Lexi, whose cynical world-weariness is punctuated by heartbreaking…