Retro Review: “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)”

A while back, I was rewatching the Indiana Jones films as I have an old DVD box set with the first 3 movies. It then occurred to me that I hadn’t watched the fourth since it came out in 2008, and I remembered it being pretty terrible. Intrigued, I went to watch it again, and though it was certainly better than what my memory may have initially told me, it was still not a particularly impressive work and is easily the worst of the series thus far.

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Review of “Like Someone in Love (2012)”

Recently, I was involved in a discussion with a good friend about the films of Abbas Kiarostami, and I mentioned that this film was one of my particular favorites of his repertoire. Unlike myself, I looked at reviews of this film and found that they seemed almost disturbingly skewed towards the negative in comparison to Kiarostami’s earlier works. (Author’s note: this does not mean this film was received poorly, but its overall rating is significantly lower than both Certified Copy and Taste of Cherry.) I want to examine what makes this film one of my favorites of his library.

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Review of “The Woman in the Window (2021)”

While dealing with a few health issues this week, I struggled to really come up with something to write about and watch when I had the spare time. Thusly, I turned to Netflix and was surprised to see a movie starring Amy Adams that was billed as a “mystery” and “crime” story. Intrigued, I moved forward with what has to be one of the biggest wastes of two hours I’ve spent in 2021 so far.

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Retro Review of “Pirate Radio”

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down and watch a film that was recommended to me: a 2009 ensemble comedy titled Pirate Radio and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman with plenty of other British comedic talent. I had no real idea what to expect going in blind, other than knowing that it was a film about pirate DJ stations in the sixties. What I got was a surprisingly good comedy with only a few sour spots.

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Examining the gangs in Rumble in the Bronx

Like many people in the world, I am a big fan of Jackie Chan films, particularly the ones he had significant direct creative involvement in (whether it be directing or being the stunt director, etc.). One of the earlier memories of my childhood was watching Rumble in the Bronx with my father on VHS, and it’s a movie I own on DVD to this day. Its fight choreography still holds up really well in 2021, but one element definitely does not: the gang that Nancy and Tony are members of. Let’s look at why that is for a minute.

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Review of “Test Pattern (2019)”

When looking for a new film to watch this week, I saw this listed in the SNF Parkway’s virtual theater and its synopsis sounded as though it would be pertinent to 2021. Having never heard of this film or its director beforehand, I wondered what kind of experience I would be in for, and I was not let down in the slightest. What follows is a deeply personal story of sexual assault and the nature of fractures that occur in life after- not any form of easy viewing.

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