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Haseen Dillruba, 2021 – ★★½

I’m a sucker for a good whodunit, or should we dig deeper — the whydunit genre. The challenge with these is the verdict often relies on the aftertaste. That’s the rub with this one. 75-80% of this was a decent ride, but the climax and reveals let it down. A lot. The whodunit part seems […]

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All-American Murder, 1991 – ★★½

The tone of this was just odd. Seemed they weren’t sure which genre it is and shoved Saved by the Bell in the blender with more traditional slashers and hoped for the best. Can understand why the directors’ filmography sees a burst of releases and then none. From a writing standpoint, for the time, I […]

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No Sudden Move, 2021 – ★★★

A been-there-done-that crime thriller by Soderbergh set in the 1950’s that’s got the nuance and craft you’d expect from the director, a cast that’s no less than superb, an underlying lens on an industry that flourished in the time period and yet it feels like a mid-season episode from a show, where we haven’t had […]

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Stir of Echoes, 1999 – ★★½

Pure genre film. Delivers on the premise. Nothing less, nothing more. I think it’s a very cool title that leaves much to bloom in anticipation. Does it deliver on that, I guess so. Just about. Although I enjoyed the ride, it left me a little underwhelmed with the desire for something more than the genre-trope […]

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Suspect Zero, 2004 – ★★★½

Sometimes a logline as a sell gives away too much and that’s what I felt reading the premise (after watching the film). It still holds back enough but gives you more than one would hope to keep all the suspense intact. This is a tough one in that sense. What would a trailer look like, […]

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Spiral: From the Book of Saw, 2021 – ★★

What if someone obsessed with the Saw franchise films (read Jigsaw killer murders) and 80’s cop thrillers made a film that was a bastard child of the both. Voila. A cop-killer on the loose is easier to digest than a nihilist judging you for your sins willy nilly. I’d perhaps have been a little happier […]

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Jack Reacher, 2012 – ★★★★

Superb. This is how it’s done. I did see a couple of scenes in my rewatch that were stolen directly from the nobody-watched-it masterpiece “The Way of the Gun”, but since that was also directed by McQuarrie, I guess we can let it fly. source https://letterboxd.com/jun6lee/film/jack-reacher/1/

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Infinite, 2021 – ★★½ (contains spoilers)

This review may contain spoilers. A lot of good ideas, some executed well, some okay, some badly. This feels like a mixture of a few things on the proverbial decision-making table. 1) Complicated merely for the sake of smarminess. — Cool films like Inception and The Matrix always have cool people explain things in a […]

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Swordfish, 2001 – ★★★½

Twenty years on, this didn’t feel as dated as I thought it might. It takes the philosophical trolley problem and makes an entertaining watch out of it. Probably one of those on the tail-end of Travolta’s peak. Along with the much under-rated Basic. Good pacing, a bit more explosion than needed, but perfect to recalibrate […]

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