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  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    Watched (most of) on a 10 hour bus ride from Valdivia to Santiago de Chile.

    Trevorrow managed to squeeze every last drop of likability and character out of these actors and whatever vague script idea there was from the jury of Ominous Businessmen who create shit like this. Cynical, empty, roided-up Product for the Modern Era.

  • The Big Sick

    The Big Sick

    ★★★★

    Feat. the unexpectedly desirable return of Ray Romano.

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  • Terminal Island

    Terminal Island

    ★★★★

    That TERMINAL ISLAND is 'bad' in some ways (worse-than-clunky acting, non-existent production values) is the least interesting thing about this otherwise pretty dang radical film, which pits a communalist cell led by women, based in back-to-the-landism, against a hierarchical pseudo-civilization of rapists and bootlickers - & guess who wins! (All of our characters are murderers left to die on an island somewhere, we can surmise, off the coast of CA in a dystopian future California.) Before there was the obnoxious "SLAY…

  • The Red Balloon

    The Red Balloon

    ★★★★★

    I showed this film to a group of 5-10 year olds after being told that kids don't have the necessary patience for art cinema in 2015, & unsurprisingly those adults were dead-wrong, the action in this acclaimed short film being driven by an utterly dynamic bright red balloon as it explores the nooks and crannies and social nooks and crannies of life in a drab, grey Parisian ghetto. I heard the kids were talking about the film afterward for months, and…