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  • Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    ★★★★½

    "You can stick your well-laid plan up your well-laid ass."

    One of the last analogue action classics. A threequel which recognises the glut of Die Hard clones flooding the cineplexes, and decides to change the game completely while maintaining the original's aesthetic. The result is propulsive entertainment that never lets up, with McTiernan cleverly stitching together hundreds of interconnected details and characters in a way that would never fly in today's ADHD marketplace. Willis and Jackson are dynamite, and so are the set pieces, from the taxi race to the flooding tunnel. 90s Blockbusting: With a Vengeance.

  • Die Hard 2

    Die Hard 2

    ★★★★

    "They told me there were terrorists at the airport."
    "Yeah, I heard that too."

    Die Hard With a Vengeance has gone up in my estimation recently, and now Die Harder has gone down slightly. Don't get me wrong, this is still a great old school action blockbuster that I have a lot of personal nostalgia for. It's just that John McTiernan is a more skilled and nuanced director than Renny Harlin, and therefore McTiernan's two Die Hard films are superior to Harlin's one.

    Still need to re-watch The Long Kiss Goodnight though. I remember really liking that one.

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  • The Truman Show

    The Truman Show

    ★★★★★

    "Where's the TV Guide?"

    I saw most of The Truman Show back in high school as part of my Religious Studies class, officially to demonstrate Plato's allegory of the cave. We were also shown The Matrix around the same time for similar reasons. I hadn't sought this out since then to see the whole thing from beginning to end... until now.

    You probably don't need me to tell you that The Truman Show is a heckuva film. The first half…

  • The Mummy

    The Mummy

    ★★★½

    "I only gamble with my life, never my money."

    Goofy, creepy, and nostalgic as heck. While I can now see some of its flaws without the rose-tinted glasses of youth, The Mummy holds up just fine as an entertaining romp: like Raiders of the Lost Ark crossed with The Terminator by way of The Evil Dead. The effects are solid, the action is fun, Brendan Fraser & Rachel Weisz are great leads, and Arnold Vosloo's Imhotep is a genuinely intimidating villain.…

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  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★

    "Who are you?"
    "Odin Himself."

    Tight, tense, and terrifying. Green Room may be this generation's Assault on Precinct 13. It's certainly more gripping than Blue Ruin, mostly by virtue of having better protagonists. Anton Yelchin is fantastic, and so are his band mates. I just wish every character got more screen time - I don't know if that's a good sign or a bad one. Either way, I actually want to watch this again, like, right now.

    And speaking as a Scott Pilgrim fan, it was pretty sweet to see Mark Webber again (Stephen Stills!), even if he's almost unrecognisable as a Neo-Nazi skinhead.

  • Top Secret!

    Top Secret!

    ★★★★½

    "I know a little German. He's sitting over there."

    10 reasons why Top Secret! is better than Airplane!:

    1. Spy movies are, like, far more fun than airplane movies.

    2. Val Kilmer > Robert Hays.

    3. That soundtrack is legitimately great.

    4. The central romance is developed in more interesting ways, and feels more engaging.

    5. There's a villain this time, and he's actually pretty good.

    6. The idea that several time periods seem to co-exist (Nazi Germany; 50's and 60's…