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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★½

    do not begrudge anyone liking this, i like a lot of dumb shit too, but this is some dumb ass shit.

    Edit: Did a podcast with Basil about the movie Alex Ross Perry called "much better than Hoop Dreams!"

  • The Bourne Identity

    The Bourne Identity

    ★★★½

    doug liman's politics, in particular his absolute contempt for the cia are already on display here and while not as strong as his later classic outings - edge of tomorrow is smarter, the wall is leaner and meaner and american made is funnier - it still stands out as hell of an outlier in 9/11-era hollywood.

    beyond liman's politics, a big reason i enjoyed this movie is franka potente (of run lola run fame), who absolutely owns, squinting and clawing…

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  • The Vietnam War

    The Vietnam War

    ★½

    Stacks the deck uncomfortably in favor of an underlying sense of American decency and good intentions being corrupted, rather than these intentions being calculated from the get go. Frames US as an unwilling (The Tonkin "retaliation") aggressor and gives too little focus to the overwhelming human cost of North Vietnam. So as powerful as some of its retellings are, and as bluntly anti-war as that might convince you it is, it's far too preoccupied with restoring American dignity for me to ever really give a shit.

  • Cruel Intentions

    Cruel Intentions

    ½

    More like cruel, stupid, casually homophobic, constantly overacted, horribly written, awfully soundtracked, self-consciously sleazy and pathetically sentimental intentions.