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  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★★½

    “Justice League” is such a bizarre film, its production history and context it was made in more dramatic than a lot of the film itself. The product of two directors with such enormously different styles and attitudes towards superheroes, of reshoots reshaping not only pivotal new scenes but sprinkling minor quips throughout old footage where actors appear looking noticeably different, of a a film that had completed principal photography being recrafted by the director of the studio’s greatest competitor, it’s…

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★

    Director Taika Waititi wisely abandons the many things that weren’t working for the Thor series of films, and makes what basically amounts to an outright comedy, with “Thor: Ragnorak”. The occasional glimpses of what a non-comedy version of the film may have looked like are actually pretty intriguing (I felt damned teased by the gorgeous flashback sequence of the Valkyries fighting Hela, it was on a completely other level visually to the rest of the film, excellent stuff), but for…

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★★½

    This film should not exist.

    It is a three-hour relentlessly gloomy epic about a murderous, deranged Batman trying to kill a depressed Superman. It’s utterly bizarre the film exists in the form it came in. A $250 million US dollar budget went to a film about a pop culture figure, beloved by children worldwide, earnestly trying to murder the embodiment of “truth, justice, and the American way”. The film had tie-in toys, cereals, snacks, as if everything was normal, business…

  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★★

    “Silence” is a monumental, breathtaking, unforgettable film, questioning the nature and function of religion, martyrdom, imperialism, materialism, idolatry, and faith. I’m shocked how far Scorsese went in confronting issues so many (whether Catholic or otherwise, or even religious or otherwise) would take for granted as basic cultural assumptions. Credit must of course be given to the author of the book the film is based on, Shūsaku Endō, as well as the co-author of the script alongside Scorsese, Jay Cocks, but…