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  • Love Me Tonight
  • Fantasia
  • Safe
  • Clue

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  • Escape from L.A.

    ★★★

  • Big Trouble in Little China

    ★★★

  • The Rock

    ★★★★

  • Knowing

    ★★★½

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  • Escape from L.A.

    Escape from L.A.

    ★★★

    Not good, but not nearly as bad as its reputation suggests. Aside from the transphobic jokes (which I can't imagine were any funnier in 1997), the only bad thing about this movie is all the terrible CG. In many ways, the ending of this movie is better than the ending of the first one.

  • Big Trouble in Little China

    Big Trouble in Little China

    ★★★

    Honestly, I'm bummed that this movie doesn't hold up better for me. I remember loving it as a kid, but it's not as fun or as funny as I was as hoping it would continue to be.

    I still think it's very enjoyable, with a lot of fantastic elements (the production design, James Wong, and Kim Cattrall to mention three), and John Carpenter movies are hardly ever boring so at least it moves quickly. But I just feel like another pass on the screenplay could have made it even better.

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  • Show Boat

    Show Boat

    ★★★★½

    Show Boat is one of the few masterpieces I can think of that I would describe as extremely compromised. This movie is arguably far too short, and the excision of "Why Do I Love You?" and its abrupt ending hurt the story greatly. And yet, the parts are so much greater than the sum. Individual moments and scenes are gobsmackingly great. Paul Robeson's "Old Man River" is mentioned first and foremost whenever anyone talks about this movie, and for good…

  • Sucker Punch

    Sucker Punch

    ★★★★½

    I fully thought this movie was loud, sexist garbage when I saw it in theaters. But the movie doesn't really leave you alone. It kind of gets into your brain and chews away at you. I bought the blu-ray and I've watched the extended cut about ten times. I think it probably still is sexist, but it's also a scathing critique of the sexists in the audience. Is rape and abuse of women a plot point? Yes, but us heterosexual males in the audience are identified with those doing the raping and abusing. Snyder's ouroboros - it eats its own tail, and us along with it.