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  • Avengement

    Avengement

    ★★★½

    Top 10 of the year shaping up nicely!

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    ★½

    God, what an absolute slog. If I'm being generous (& I think Reuben may have said this or something similar already), this is the filmmakers doubling down on their initial premise and dialing it up all the way to 11: what if our main character is in hell, meaning not just other people but the entire world is just going AT him, relentlessly, without any real motivation, and he just has to kill everyone endlessly, namelessly, until he crumbles into…

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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.