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  • The Leopard

    The Leopard

    ★★★★★

    This is the film that Gone with the Wind wishes it was, or rather that friends and critics have claimed it as, but is not.

    Both are films about a South which is being attacked by a North. Both films mourn for what is dead and dying as it once was. Both films lack singular plotlines, instead focusing on themes and arguments to drive the narrative. Both films employ various techniques to tackle these themes, often preferring the allegorical to…

  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    ★★★★★

    During this past week, the concept of human exceptionalism (“anthropocentrism”) was brought up by a coworker of mine. His line of inquiry was more or less the same one that you’ll find summarized on the relevant Wikipedia page: what makes humans ‘better’ or ‘more valuable’ than anything else in existence? My immediate reply was of course ‘reason’, which led the conversation in all the ways one might expect. A few days after this, in another conversation with the same coworker…

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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★★

    In case there was any doubt about this being a five-star film: it took over two hours after leaving the theater for my mild adrenaline high to wear off, which is a personal first (the usual is more like 15-30 minutes.)

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Let me get this straight.

    • The Rebellion, despite being short on equipment almost perpetually, is well-equipped enough to make a full-fledged attack on whatever-the-planet-name-was-at-the-end, lose a couple dozen ships including the flagship, and apparently not really care about it.
    • There is no possible way to retransmit the plans after the main ship receives them, so, they have to be moved by hand.
    • Vader is literally less than 10 feet away from the data in the second-to-last scene,…

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  • The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

    The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

    ★★★★

    Wonderfully wild, absolutely hilarious, and completely, utterly bonkers. If you liked Pirates of the Caribbean and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, then this movie is probably for you.