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  • Split

    Split

    ★★★★

    75/100

    From my experience with him (which is limited), I get the sense that M. Night Shyamalan is all about entertainment. I've read lots of compelling discourse regarding his actual talent/intent all across Letterboxd, but my two cents is that his simple goal is to entertain audiences. Not challenge, amaze or divide; just entertain. Split certainly embodies the bulk of my argument, because damn this was lean, straightforward fun. The design and pacing is extraordinary, Shyamalan displays the talent that…

  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★★

    97/100

    Of all the movies of 2016, The Handmaiden is probably the "moviest "of them all. It's a pure, dizzying piece of entertainment that excites, disturbs, confounds and astounds at every turn. Park Chan-Wook piles luscious Victorian imagery on top of lewd, perverted thru lines for a sort of classy-trash feel; though he never loses track of the human core at the center of it all. Like everything I've seen from him yet, his control over this is meticulous and…

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    In light of recent events, I'm reminded of Fermi's paradox. A cynical and unsettling notion which suggests the reason we've never been contacted by extraterrestrial intelligent life is that the no civilization has survived long enough to innovate to that level. Or, in simpler terms, that the fundamental nature of intelligent life is to ultimately destroy itself. As tech and sciences progress further and further, what matters is how we allocate that technology; what leaders we elect to control it…

  • Star Trek Beyond

    Star Trek Beyond

    ★★★★½

    As a lifelong disciple of Gene Roddenberry's creative vision of the future, Star Trek: The Original Series, I always judge these recent films heavily on their ability to capture that fundamental spirit of optimism Roddenberry had so essentially cultivated. A vision of a hopeful and beautiful future, where diplomacy, wonder and exploration are the priorities of a united humanity, peacefully coexisting in order to conquer the final frontier. His creation was so absurdly progressive, confidently casting a strong black woman…