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  • Machete

    Machete

    ★★½

    Machete has aged much better than I suspect anybody involved expected it to.

    “That is his policy, all of them back to Mexico, but first build a wall at the border without pay. Thank you very much, f!?k off out.”

    Are we 100% sure that Donald Trump’s immigration policy wasn’t derived from Machete?

    Mostly a fun Mexploitation romp, with most of the best jokes deriving from how happily Americans appropriate Mexican culture while refusing actual Mexicans.

    Machete does come apart…

  • Collateral

    Collateral

    ★★★★★

    In 2010, I named Collateral as the best movie of the 2000s, just ahead of The Prestige.

    Eight-plus years later, I’d probably reassess that, but it’s close.

    “I don’t meet people.”

    Collateral is one of those great Los Angeles movies about chance human encounters in the urban sprawl. It’s one of the rare movies enhanced by shooting on digital, with its almost-too-perfect sheen and its sterile blue-green night hue.


    One of the beautiful implications of Collateral is that, with his…

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  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★★

    We’re both exploiting these creatures. I just have the integrity to admit it.

    Although it may be damning with faint praise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is easily the best Jurassic Park movie since The Lost World, the film with which it shares the most of its DNA.

    Fallen Kingdom wears that particular influence on its sleeve; the basic premise of a bunch of contractors sent to an island to recover dinosaurs, the wealthy and sick old man funding the expedition,…

  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★★★

    An underrated aspect of The Prestige is how, like Inception and The Dark Knight Rises after it, the film plays as part of Nolan’s commentary on late capitalism.

    At it’s core, The Prestige is the story of Alfred Borden, a man who has found a way to monetise something unique about himself, something that only he can do. For this man, this unique attribute is an escape from poverty, a means of financial security, and a measure of economic security…