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  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy


    It's the easiest of the MCU movies for me to enjoy and a lot of that has to do with my lack of familiarity with most of the characters when I first saw it. With no baggage or expectations going in, I could just sit back and let it all happen without thinking about what storylines they were grabbing from where or what choices they were making with the characters. Most of the other MCU films suffer from awkward exposition…

  • Some Came Running

    Some Came Running


    The problem is not that Frank Sinatra plays a supreme shithead in this movie; it's that the movie around this character isn't ugly enough to make his destructive uncertainty about what world he belongs in matter. It's a 40s noir dressed up as a 50s melodrama and it would have hit so much harder if the messy love triangle played up the cynical desperation and played down the sweeping heartbreak. The real disappointment of it all is that Shirley MacLaine kills every time she's on screen but there isn't enough of her.

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  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes


    I don't watch many movies this deeply stupid anymore, but this one makes me extra angry because nobody ever raved about how "intelligent" Jurassic World or The Hunger Games were.

  • Magical Girl

    Magical Girl


    I was intrigued enough by this film to want to seek out whatever Carlos Vermut does next, but watching it was not a wholly satisfying experience. The reasons for his characters' obsessive and extreme behaviors are at once both too vague and too explicit, making for a movie that's both pleasingly mysterious and frustratingly simplistic at the same time. But I understand and appreciate that it's all an intentional experiment in narrative form. Vermut tells us right from the beginning,…