The Fast and Fentress Best of 2017

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In retrospect, 2017 was an impressive year for cinema.  Anytime I find myself having to pare down my picks for the Honorable Mentions, I really can’t complain.  Now, without further ado, here are my top ten movies of the year. Continue reading

Call Me by Your Name

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Another New Year, another deluge of Oscar Bait.  Some things never change, and for movie aficionados like myself the sudden awards season overflow of “must-see” movies is only slightly preferable to a full-on drought (coming this February…).  Going to the theater is starting to feel like an obligation, especially with a serious lack of enjoyable trash to balance out all the prestige pictures.  But the upside is that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing a few real winners, perhaps none better than Call Me by Your Name. Continue reading

I Love You, Daddy

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Now I can’t say exactly how I came across this movie, but I assure you all that it was through completely legitimate channels.  And yes, I will be addressing the controversy surrounding its cancellation, but first, my review: Continue reading

Brawl in Cell Block 99

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This essentially straight-to-digital movie, released back in October, slipped under my radar until very recently when I caught some online buzz about it.  A serious Vince Vaughn performance is always an intriguing prospect, so I decided to give it a go, expecting a gritty prison movie with (given the director’s previous movie) some hardcore violence.  I wasn’t wrong, but I didn’t expect it to be as damn good as it was. Continue reading

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Welcome back, readers!  I hope you all had a happy holiday, and consider this a moderate spoiler warning.

Let me start by saying this: I didn’t like The Force Awakens.  I found it to be a shameless rip-off of A New Hope, as well as the embodiment of the most cynical accusations ever leveled against the series, helmed by none other than marketing genius and professional franchise-milker J.J. Abrams.  Thankfully, The Last Jedi is an improvement over that clunker in every respect. Continue reading