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Debt to Cinema 097: Léon (The Professional)

Inspired by Steve’s pick the week before and doubly so once Ashley decreed we would watch Valerian together, I decided to give Luc Besson another go. Whereas Nikita was a deep cut, Leon is the film that made his career and I finally gave it the view it deserved #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 096: La Femme Nikita

Leave it to America to make a proudly Parisian film even more French, this Luc Besson romantic thriller bleeds angst and oozes style. Before the two remakes and equally as many American TV adaptations, this is the breakthrough international piece of cinema which made the EuropaCorp president an action impresario and household name #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 092: The Stepfather (1987)

If you’ve never seen this one, you owe it to yourself to watch it as counter programming on Father’s Day like we did. Such a smart script, an even better monster, and the scariest true tale there ever was without being terrifying on screen #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Dollar Reviews 038: Captain Fantastic

We begin with the hippie starring, hipster targeted, family road trip, philosophical drama, Captain Fantastic before I move onto actual superhero fare Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (28:36) and M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Unbreakable (46:34). Next, I share my PSVR experiences with Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (55:38) and puzzler Statik (57:53). Meanwhile Steve caught James Ponsoldt’s The Circle (1:01:13), Free Fire (1:20:00), and The Accountant (1:21:34). Finally, I share the TV I’ve been watching lately and my best Goodwill find to date: the $3 recliner (1:24:57).

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Debt to Cinema 084: The Conversation

As a film criticism outlet based almost entirely on the power of conversation, especially via the internet, this Palme d’Or winner raises timeless questions about the privacy of our off-air moments and the type of people possibly listening in. To say this unsung Francis Ford Coppola thriller is great is doing it a disservice by word association, you seriously have to watch this one (or perhaps let it watch you) #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 077: A Simple Plan

There are so many filmmakers out there, both talented and not, that never leave their comfort zone and basically make the same movie over and over again. Sam Raimi is luckily not one of them, capable of filming any type of story, bringing us the perfect Hitchcockian thriller here. This selection was made initially to honor Bill Paxton, but now its a reminder that the zany guy behind The Evil Dead and Spider-Man has plenty more to offer us than genre flicks #IdBuyThatForADollar

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Debt to Cinema 075: All the President’s Men

Its impossible to avoid political conversations or news items at the time this episode is recorded. Being at the onset of a presidency most Americans disapprove of, rife with fallacies in the news, and a severe distrust for the men and women appointed to govern alongside the latest celebrity turned politician. However, the best way to prevent future bumbles is to study the past, and this document that chronicles why Nixon resigned at the hands of dedicated journalists is the best place to start.