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The Matrix, Ranked

The Matrix, Ranked

In 1999, The Matrix, written and directed by the Wachowski Sisters, was released and instantly became a cultural phenomenon, thanks to its ground-breaking visual effects and thought-provoking philosophical themes. The film launched an entire media franchise, and since then, three direct sequel films, an animated anthology film, three video games, a comic book series and numerous books have been released. While none of the subsequent films admittedly quite live up to the quality of that first film, a couple of them come damn close, even if the worse films in the franchise leave a lot to be desired. Here is…
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Quick Hits: The Little Hours, G.B.F., Push

Quick Hits: The Little Hours, G.B.F., Push

Quick Hits In this edition of Quick Hits, I review a strange comedy about temptation and repression, a gay Mean Girls knockoff that is anything but "fetch," and a bizarre sci-fi thriller that is far too convoluted for its own good. The Little Hours Year: 2017 | Rating: The Little Hours is a very strange film that I am having a very hard time deciding how I felt about it. On one hand, this was billed as a comedy, and I didn't really think that it was that funny. Aubrey Plaza's shtick didn't land for me in the opening scene, and…
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Review: The Northman

Review: The Northman

Year: 2022 | Rating: Before I get into my review, I just want to make it clear that above all else, I desperately hope that The Northman succeeds at the box office. This is the type of ambitious, mid-budget passion project that is becoming increasingly rare in the current cinematic landscape, so even though, as you’ll find out, I wasn’t crazy about this movie, please, if you have even an inkling of interest, go see the film and decide for yourself. The only way we’re going to get more films like these is if they make money. Now then, on to my thoughts…
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Review: Everything Everywhere All at Once

Review: Everything Everywhere All at Once

Year: 2022 | Rating: Anytime a new movie comes out and is heralded as a supposed masterpiece and places highly on lists like the Letterboxd Top 250, I make sure to temper my expectations, because I don't want my reception of the film to suffer from the potentially artificially high hype. So, even though I loved Swiss Army Man, and even though A24 released literally half of my top 10 films of 2021, I didn't go into Everything Everywhere All at Once with the assumption that it was going to be the best film I've seen this year, especially since my favorite director…
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Review: The Batman

Review: The Batman

Year: 2022 | Rating: There are some things I liked and some things I didn’t like about The Batman, so here are some notes: Likes: There have been many films, TV shows and other media released in the past few years that have tried to portray the perverse charm and charisma required of a leader of a fringe cult to cultivate their own homegrown terrorist cell, and I have never seen it captured as well as it is here. Not only is the script airtight in its depiction of a crazed madman finding his audience over the course of time,…
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