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  • Enter the Dragon

    Enter the Dragon

    ★★★½

    The dialogue in this movie was written by an alien from a planet where every sentient being is a testosterone-soaked warrior-poet. The boilerplate narrative resolution and fight choreography don’t quite do it justice.

  • Just the Wind

    Just the Wind

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Brooding sci-fi pic Womb somewhat redeemed Benedek Fliegauf’s leery, juvenile voyeurism, pretentiously elliptical pacing, underwritten script, and general arthouse-poseur vacuity with some very pretty cinematography and especially bonkers psychosexual melodrama. Here, in a leery, claustrophobic, snidely misanthropic exploitation of the real-life suffering of marginalized people, he lets his ugliest tendencies run wild without the unintended levity. Just the Wind shows a great deal of interest in filth, cruelty and the particulars of its martyred teen girl protagonist’s body*, and a big zero…

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  • Devilman: Crybaby

    Devilman: Crybaby

    ★★★★

    The first anime made this decade (excluding Evangelion 3.0) that’s successfully recaptured any semblance of the thrill, curiosity, dangerous eroticism, heart-piercing romance, wild imagination and twisted dark wonderment that used to draw me compulsively to the medium.

  • The Martian

    The Martian

    ★★½

    Ridley Scott presents a Steven Soderbergh movie, based on a very long screenplay by Reddit, and co-produced by the Chinese government