Movies are good. Except when they're not.
Really blown away by this—a later period Walter Hill I'd never heard anyone sing the praises of, but nonetheless fucking rocks. Yojimbo as a prohibition noir and mean and cynical as hell. Hill directs the shit out of it and it's great to see Bruce Willis get to lean into his strengths as a straight noir archetype.
In the realm of Yojimbos (which is a genre, yes, just come with me on this rhetorical journey), Last Man Standing is a…
Michael Bay made a movie about how people are fundamentally worth saving where cops are portrayed as violent, vindictive brutes and the only true heroes are medical professionals. it's such an interesting piece in his filmography—BY FAR his most compassionate, least cynical movie. That the Eiza González arc—an EMT who learns to take a personal role in her patient's lives and to honestly, truly care about what happens to them—could even happen in a Bay movie feels impossible. Yet here…
Very different than what I expected. Far less focused on the hand-to-hand action than the previous films and far more focused on comedy and romance.
Easily the most romantic of the (already very romantic) series. It's a capital R Romance this time—first and foremost this is an expression of Lana's love of Neo and Trinity. It's an artist returning to a formative work of hers and expressing what it meant to her, reconciling that against what it meant to the…