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  • The Crazy Family

    The Crazy Family

    ★★★★

    What if THE MONEY PIT, but make it Balaban's PARENTS.

    They call it the nuclear family because, like the cockroach, it will survive and reassert itself no matter what supposedly lethal destruction is wrought upon it; if we're going to kill it, we'll need to be more diligent.

  • Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still

    Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still

    ★★★★

    Maximalist melodrama executed with as much flair as has ever been mustered, but kinda fundamentally hollow? Still always enjoy revisiting every few years.

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  • Cure

    Cure

    ★★★★★

    35mm at the Walter Reade (oh sweet jesus I'm slowly becoming a NY LB user, pls kill me)

    Like PULSE, this goes next-level hard with a proper theater sound system; the sound design in Kurosawa's mid-period work is genuinely un-fucking-real and you owe it to yourself to experience it if you're able. Seeing this again after NOROI and OCCULT really drove home how heavy the shadow of CURE hangs over both, no wonder Shiraishi tapped KK for an affectionate cameo in the latter. Also anyone who rates SE7EN over this is a coward and also wrong lol.

  • 6 Underground

    6 Underground

    ★★½

    That Bay is so clearly still not over the loss of Tony Scott and devotes 7's subplot to quoting MAN ON FIRE and ending it with him rejecting suicide and throwing a bullet into a lake like Cruise chucking his dad's dog tags into the ocean at the end of TOP GUN is genuinely moving; that the two big set pieces in the back half are an extended tribute to De Palma's MISSION IMPOSSIBLE and a gloriously stupid raspberry blown in Nolan's face, respectively, is fantastic; that this is still a criminally tedious and unpleasant slog despite all of the above is unfortunate.