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  • 3 Days of a Blind Girl

    3 Days of a Blind Girl

    ★★½

    OK. This is basically Wait Until Dark if it were remade as a Cat III film. For Hong Kong completists only.

  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★½

    As an action film, it's kind of meh.

    As a militaristic work of propaganda, it's rather effective.

    As a heartwarming story of a closeted gay man who comes to accept who he is and finds contentment in life, it's wonderful.

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  • Shakespeare’s Shitstorm

    Shakespeare’s Shitstorm

    ★★★★½

    Lloyd Kaufman's most ambitious film also captures a mood we've rarely seen from him - reflective. Shakespeare's Shitstorm, in addition to being perhaps the nuttiest version of The Tempest ever conceived, serves as a summation of Lloyd's career and a capsule vision of the things that have thematically driven his films for decades - independent thought, a cynical eye cast toward corporatism and bureaucracy, social satire, and comedic anarchy.

    The end party scene is one of the defining sequences in…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    This is Tarantino's best film since Pulp Fiction.

    In 1969, America was a changing nation. There were growing pains, but there was also the feeling of great possibility - a nation of potential just waiting to be unleashed. Fifty years later, America is changing, but that sense of optimism and opportunity is gone. All that is left is a fascistic death rattle.

    In 1969, American movies were changing, and those changes brought some of the greatest works of cinematic art…