Neo San Fransokyo is about to explode - with hugs!
a Marvel movie to the core (which helps explain why it feels almost contemptuously familiar... and why the ending involves portals and things falling on buildings), but the culture clash is neat. and TJ Miller redeems his Transformers character with some unexpectedly winsome comic relief.
full review coming on Complex.
GODZILLA is the TRUTH.
one of the most satisfying, well-paced & beautifully directed blockbusters since Jurassic Park. a genuine spectacle of humility. Many complaining that the film abandons interest in its characters, but the perils of human egocentrism in the face of global crisis = the entire point. genuinely registers as the first post-human blockbuster. i almost feel like people have been conditioned to the explosive banality of contemporary tentpoles... but if any $200 million monster movie is going to feel…
The Grand Budapest Hotel is the film with which Wes Anderson finally answers his critics, and the message could not be clearer or more immaculately embossed in Futura on an insert shot of the most delicate stationary: “Go fuck yourselves.” Anderson has been contemporary American cinema’s most hostile aesthete for well over a decade, and ever since 2003’s The Life Aquatic made it obvious that the filmmaker has exactly zero interest in apologizing for his affectations, each of his subsequent…