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whiplash (2014)

you want to get mad, "no, this ain't realistic no way," but after all is said and done you must admit that not only was it realistic and well plotted, but the music was great and just kidding Simmons was in top form. 
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Good Time (2017)

To me it's ironic or at least silly that the Safdie brothers' second movie, Uncut Gems, is like an uncut gem compared to the perfect diamond of their earlier Good Time, which reached deep inside me and twisted a place I didn't even know I had. 

a view to a kill (1985)

I've seen a lot of folks dump on this one because Roger Moore is getting a little old, and for sure there are parts of it that don't hold together all that well (there are just, like, way too many bad guy lieutenants to keep track of, for one thing), but young Grace Jones and Christopher Walken are a joy to see on screen, and in my opinion this is an underrated bond entry. 

a lie too big to fail by Lisa Pease (2018)

it's funny that the JFK assassination got all the attention on pretty shaky (although still convincing!!) evidence of conspiracy, while the RFK assassination is comparatively neglected on totally convincing evidence - which, if you read this obsessively researched and unfortunately under-edited book, you will definitely learn all about!

aliens (1986)

second installment of this classic series; i have a lot of feelings about all of it, and of course if you haven't seen it you really must, but in general for this particular installment I'd say it's wonderful, gorgeous, full of classic lines, and about 30 min longer than necessary. 

Lucy (2014)

Lucy is about doing a lot of drugs and becoming the singularity; watching it feels like doing it and doing it is what gets it done, so don't skip this late luc besson classic - and also don't mind the haters; they just don't understand his genius. 

lolita (1962)

for any old movie this one's pretty great, in that it's entertaining, provocative, and earns its 2.5 hour runtime - but for a collaboration between nabokov and kubrick, I don't think it really lives up to its potential.