With my expectations more reasonably set, I enjoyed this more the second time around. It's not on par with the first two Raimi films, but it isn't really trying to be. It has deliberately small stakes, and those stakes boil down to: who is Peter Parker and what is his place in the MCU? And in terms of putting as the audience avatar for a generation raised on superhero films and making him a likable hero, it achieves its goals.…
Emotionally exhausting, Steve McQueen's dramitization of Solomon Northup's first hand experience is one of the most difficult to watch films I've ever sat through. It's also one of the most important, I feel; as McQueen has said, the story is comparable to Anne Frank's diary. Now, obviously it doesn't cover the 200+ years worth of one of America's two great racial crimew in any way that can be done justice. But none of us lived through slavery; Solomon Northup did.…
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Few movies have truly felt like massive events quite the way "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy managed. The series took previously "unfilmable" material and brought it to spectacular life. J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy story, once the domain of literary scholars and devout fanboys, was thrust into pop culture with a trilogy of movies that made their best effort to do justice to the material. The films redefined what could be a viable blockbuster and inspired a generation of future…
Denis Villeneuve may be our best modern director, and "Incendies" may be his best film. It's also among the most difficult to watch, and not because it is mainly in French. It tells the tragic story of a mother and her children as they discover the truth about who they are. Gorgeously shot and startlingly well acted, it is among the best films this decade has to offer. And it is deeply affecting; I know I'll be haunted by this one for a long time.