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  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★

    Slight, but through 100 movies Hemsworth has taken to the Thor role quite well. He has great comedic timing, and Waititi finds room within the Marvel framework to do his thing. 

    Outside of the opening and the moment when Thor gets his mojo back, the action is...just kinda there. For films that are often associated with words like ‘epic’, ‘grand’ and ‘ambitious’, the action in almost all Marvel films is disappointingly uninventive and bland. I think it is one of…

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather

    ★★★★★

    Pacino’s acting is simply transcendent. Unapologetically ruthless and evil, Michael Corleone is one of the most fascinating characters I have ever seen put to screen. Watching it again, I caught myself looking for the ‘moment’ when the switch flips for Michael. In the hospital? In Italy? Perhaps even before that (given the ending scene in part 2)? What is the root of this mans character?

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ½

    We finally have an answer to the most pressing question in the Star Wars universe.

    Is it possible to create a character more annoying than Jar Jar Binks?

    Yes. Her name is Rose.

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★

    Even though the film is enjoyable, it is fairly depressing to me that this is what mainstream American movies/culture has become (or maybe it has always been like this?); a nostalgic, self-congratulatory trip down memory lane that plays it so safe that it feels as risky as knitting Christmas sweaters with grandma. Each time one of these tent-pole, big-hype blockbusters comes out I find myself overlooking the track record of previous ventures and inevitably go to the theater to watch…