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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★½

    Why does that overused Labuza line come to mind when I think of this film? Or more specifically to the point, “less films about myth making and more just the myth,” as Villeneuve seems content with self aggrandizement as a constant crutch in terms of thematic and technical craft. Every idea presented is ham-fistedly explained to direct the audience on exactly how they should feel about each topic, allowing no breathing room for the actual story that’s ultimately rushed at…

  • Faces Places

    Faces Places

    ★★★½

    "Working with famed French photographer JR, formative French New Wave auteur Agnes Varda has one goal for her collaborative film Faces Places: to create indelible images. One way the two accomplish their objective is by having Varda document JR placing massive pasted murals of strangers’ faces around various villages (a continuation of the Inside Out Project he started in 2011). But the most memorable of the film’s images results from capturing the pure joy these two artists share whilst traveling…

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  • Resident Evil: Retribution

    Resident Evil: Retribution

    ★★★★★

    A film about abstraction (more specifically the bluring of relations between reality and fiction) and why it's needed to make movies in the first place (setting up scenes we first find real, then with a closer look we realize are completely fake), while in itself subverting everything in the RE universe thus far and finding a way to embrace more video game qualities than the first one. This is somewhere in the same insane universe as UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★½

    Will elaborate on later, but this is an incredibly stupid movie that thinks it's far smarter than is.