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  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★★

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

    - You know how every other modern period piece by a major filmmaker is called a "love letter" to that setting? Well, that actually applies here. This is Tarantino's love letter to late '60s Hollywood and just like a real love letter, it's extremely romanticized and uncritical of its subject. There are no skeletons, prejudices, or abuses in this Hollywood. Hell, they don't even try to cover up for a stuntman who maybe, probably, almost definitely killed his wife. And…

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★½

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

    Some thoughts:

    1. For a franchise that feels a lot like a '90s sitcom with movies instead of episodes, this was the big love letter finale I expected. Full of fan-service and reliant entirely on you already being emotionally invested in these characters. I was there for a good bit of it, though I can't say by the end that it blew my hair back or made me feel like a kid again but rather I just thought, "oh, this…

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  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★½

    A lot of superhero sequels look to raise the stakes, broaden their scope, and arbitrarily force their characters to act miserable just for the sake of pretending it's The Empire Strikes Back or The Dark Knight. Sam Raimi waited until the third film to do that, and instead made what is arguably the standard by which all subsequent superhero films are held. Almost everything in this film is a consequence of the first: Peter taking on the duty of being…

  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★½

    So this acquaintance on Facebook shared a meme about how Tobey Maguire was a bad Spider-Man and the Raimi films have aged poorly, I commented how I felt Spider-Man 2 is better than every other Marvel film. Apparently that struck a nerve and they blocked me. Worth it as far as I'm concerned, Spider-Man 2 is too damn good for that kind of disrespect.