Benicio Del Toro

Jan 16 2016

A Perfect Day

1995, somewhere in the Balkans. Aid Across Borders workers battle post-war UN bureaucracy when tasked with sanitizing the sole source of drinking water  for a small mountain community. The culprit: a bloated corpse floating at the bottom of their well–curiously, the only fat guy in this undernourished town.  So, yank the dead dude and throw […]
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Oct 6 2015

Sicario

“You are not a wolf”, imparts enigmatic operative Alejandro to relatively green FBI agent Kate Macer, as if she didn’t already know. “Sicario” is composed of wolves, and the precarious realm in which they exist requires a certain moral flexibility that Macer doesn’t seem to possess. After discovering dozens of corpses encapsulated in the walls of an […]
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Jan 9 2015

Inherent Vice

Famed arthouse director Paul Thomas Anderson’s films are known for their interesting scripts, sprawling cast ensembles, odd twists, and wonderfully off-beat characterizations, often bordering on playful caricature. Booming onto the scene in 1996 with his film Hard Eight (also known as Sydney in other parts of the world), a deep character study of a hitman […]
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Jan 9 2015

“Inherent Vice” – Mike’s Review

To some audiences (and I won’t profess to know who they are), “Inherent Vice” is probably that ingenious fusion of noir crime saga and culturally insightful stoner satire that is being hailed as “one of the best pictures of the year”. For the rest of us, who see very little substance behind the haze of bong […]
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Jul 31 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mike’s Review

I suspect that I won’t be in the minority when I say that James Gunn’s foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is one impressive piece of escapism, and that it might be the most visually extravagant movie you’ll see this summer. And that it’s surprisingly funny, thoughtful and well-developed. And that we finally have a […]
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Jul 31 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy

Up until now, the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films have been fairly straightforward, serious affairs. For sure, there’s been a lot of humor bounding through them, most notably from Robert Downey, Jr’s self-deprecating performances in the Iron Man films and Marvel’s The Avengers. But for the most part, these movies focus largely […]
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