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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★

    “Alien: Covenant” takes everything that was bad about “Prometheus” and doubles down on it.

    Ridley Scott is simply trying to pack too much into one movie. The last sequence is the exact same scenario as “Alien” in every way, but condensed to 15 shitty minutes of cinema.

    In a world that is already so fantastical, you can’t have the characters making questionable decisions. Their deaths become welcomed to the viewer.

    The stuff with David and the engineers is interesting but not explained well enough to make you really care.

    “Covenant” is eye-rolling silly and never captures the magic of the franchise.

  • Prometheus

    Prometheus

    ★★★

    “Prometheus” is beautiful and interesting but the storytelling is hideous.

    Almost all of the crew are cannon fodder for the mayhem, so the film doesn’t bother to make them real characters. Their deaths are without impact. When the crew makes bad decision after bad decision, you feel that they deserve to die instead of rooting for them.

    The engineers are interesting but are anti-climactic and have nothing to reveal about themselves.

    “Prometheus” feels like an incomplete mess of a what could be a great film.

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  • Bone Tomahawk

    Bone Tomahawk

    ★★★½

    I keep hearing “Bone Tomahawk” described with aspects of horror, but I didn’t get any of that. Sure there is insane violence and gore, but there is no evil. You learn to hate the savages, but only because they are so violent. Is cannibalism enough to classify a movie as a horror?

    The pacing is slow, but works. It takes forever until you realize what the plot of the movie is, a four-man rescue mission.

    The performances in this movie…

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out

    ★★★★½

    Pixar continues to make beautiful and charming films complete with very real stakes and, in this film, literal emotions.

    A young girl, Riley, goes through a very difficult move, and we see the inside working of how that changes her personality. The choice of the five emotions is very interesting because only one of them, Joy, is positive. Or so we think. We learn how critical each of these lenses for seeing the world is, as the main character gains…