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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2


    Ok, I'll admit it. My real reason for rewatching all these MCU movies is I'm damn excited for Infinity War and I wanted a refresher on everything that's happened up til now. I feel guilty for being so excited about this stuff because I'm really not an action-spectacle-blockbuster guy but I can't help myself. Star Wars meant everything to me as a kid, and DC comics were okay but Marvel ruled! I always dreamed of a time when all the…

  • Equinox Flower

    Equinox Flower


    The mournful but much needed death of the patriarchy, in full color! Despite the glorious reds and oranges, it feels older than Ozu's later black and white films, probably because we're back to privileging the viewpoint of the older generation - though sympathies lie more clearly than ever with the younger generation. Wataru, the father, is the center of the story and our ambivalence towards him drives the film. He gets called out for being inconsistent in his opinions and…

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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,…