cineversejames

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Co-host of the Cinematic Universe podcast. This is what I watch when I'm not watching superhero movies (and sometimes when I am).

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  • Reds

    ★★★★

  • Fear City

    ★★★½

  • Scala!!!

    ★★★½

  • Meet Me in the Bathroom

    ★★★

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  • Reds

    Reds

    ★★★★

    As historical epics go, it wouldn’t be my first choice of subject. I think the film mistakenly believes itself to be a biopic of John Reed instead of Louise Bryant, but that aside it’s compellingly intellectual. The talking head interviews were an unusual device and didn’t completely work - context-free recollections from people who can barely recall events half a century gone - and yet they were strangely hypnotic because I was desperate for them to mean *something*. At its…

  • Fear City

    Fear City

    ★★★½

    Some down-the-line exploitation cinema elevated by Abel Ferrara’s eye and Billy Dee Williams’ confident performance as a slur-spouting homicide cop with no regard for scumbags. I watched it because of the New York location work which was stellar, catching the pre-cleanup Times Square beautifully, but the story is just okay and comes apart in the final reel which consists of an MMA fight in an alley. Would have loved to know more about the villain and his motivations, but despite…

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

    ★★★★

    It’s been a while since a Marvel movie felt like it was actually about anything except in the most deeply superficial ways, but Guardians 3 really IS. All the way through it keeps hitting its core themes without ever forgetting to service its characters and story. It’s easily the best Marvel movie since Endgame, which isn’t a high bar but should’ve been given the amount of time that has passed since then. Honestly, I’d almost forgotten why watching a marvel film was supposed to feel special but this reminded me. Can’t wait to see this again.

  • Godzilla Minus One

    Godzilla Minus One

    ★★★★★

    Incredible movie in which Godzilla-as-war trauma is explored on an unusually personal level. Moving, terrifying and deeply anti-war. I’m sorry for anyone seeing this Godzilla movie first because it’s straight into my top 3. Gotta say, after watching this movie the trailer for Godzilla x Kong that played beforehand looks even more embarrassing in retrospect.