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  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★★

    Imagine an alternate universe where, rather than being "mentored" by an arrogant sociopath who has created about one-third of all the villains in the MCU (including the Vulture, here) and who programs an INSTANT KILL MODE into a suit he built for a FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD; instead, Peter is mentored by another formerly-scrawny, bullied, poor New York City dork who just wants to do the right thing....

    Tony Stark may be Peter's hero, but Steve Rogers is his kindred spirit. Maybe that's…

  • Take Shelter

    Take Shelter

    ★★★★★

    Truly a masterpiece for anyone's turn-of-the-21st-Century time capsule. It's so perfect, I just want to put it in a box for people 100 years from now to open and watch it and know exactly how it felt to live in this time -- as a meticulous record of contemporary anxieties (healthcare, debt, unemployment), a chilling depiction of mental illness, a powerful deconstruction of traditional masculinity, and a touching portrait of a deeply loving marriage.

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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★★½

    THE GREAT MCU REWATCH 2018
    The Road to Infinity War (13/17)

    · Yes, Steve is hopelessly stubborn. But his motivation here follows directly from his experience in The Winter Soldier. Remember when the GOVERNMENT AGENCY he worked for turned out to be so fucking corrupted that he had to destroy it? And it wasn't just SHIELD; after all, this is the MCU, where approximately every third movie (including this one!) involves some sort of terrorist infiltration of a government body.…

  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man

    ★★★½

    THE GREAT MCU REWATCH 2018
    The Road to Infinity War (12/17)

    · I once had a serious debate with a stranger on Facebook over whether Scott Lang is a Gryffindor or a Hufflepuff. I was Team Gryffindor, because, come on, he's a hacktivist; but I'm actually not so confident about that anymore. But whatever, let's just say he's a Gryffinpuff and call it a day.

    · The father-daughter relationships are the true heart here. Scott and Hank are both fathers…

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  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★★

    Yes, it's violent and vulgar, but it's not nearly as clever or revolutionary as it seems to think it is. I think if a movie wants to subvert tropes, it should actually, you know, SUBVERT them, not just call attention to its own use of them ('Look, we've got a hot damsel in distress!' 'Look, we've got a generic British villain!' 'Look, we've got a superhero landing!' etc). Also, I guess I just don't find dick jokes as funny as everyone else does apparently.

  • 28 Days Later

    28 Days Later

    ★★★★

    Hoop-Tober 2.0 Film #3

    "I promised them women."

    Quite possibly the most terrifying sentence I have ever heard in a film. And that is why I love horror movies like this -- because the true horror lies not in what the monsters do to people, but in what normal people choose to do to each other. After all, the infection here is just that: a disease. It has no agency, no motive. But people do. They choose to deceive, to…