Hell Or High Water (2016)

Surprisingly good neo-western. Probably the best western since the 70s.



Ikiru/To Live (1952)

Touching and nice and beautiful in a way only old movies can be.



Mission Impossible: Fallout (2019)

Super-fun, super-dramatic spy movie. Even Henry Cavill somehow doesn't seem to suck, although that might just be good editing. Pretty impressive that the sixth movie in an extremely irregular franchise would be the best one.



The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Fun.



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Event Horizon (1997)

I watched this dozens of times as a kid. Watching it again, it's not perfect: it has too many cheap scares, it's a bit of an Alien rip-off (in spite of having no aliens), and it looks like a cutscene from an old point-and-click game (which is a good thing and a bad thing). But, man, there's still a unique charm and sense of place that's uncomparable. Especially impressive considering it had production difficulties and was rushed to the screen. Give it a watch but be forgiving.



Fight Club (1999)

I like this movie, but I wish I didn't. You don't want to be the guy who really likes Fight Club.



Lucy (2014)

This is a big, professionally-made movie that's based around the idea that humans only use 10% of their brains. Except that's a dumb myth from the 1800s and makes the movie impossible to enjoy.

What's even more frustrating is that there's a lot of craftmanship and talent here and, with a bit of a rewrite, it probably could have been one of the great science fiction films of all time, instead of a cringefest. If only one of the hundreds of people who worked on this had pointed out the error, at any point during the film's making...

This is also at least the third movie where Scarlett Johansson has ascended to a higher plane of reality, and I'd be curious to know why producers and Johansson herself think of her that way.



The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Yowza, this is good! This used to be considered a rare example of a good sequel, now Google 'good prequel' or 'best prequel' and this is all people can seem to think of.