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  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

    ★★★

    A more satisfyingly straightforward film that balances it's themes of peaceful coexistence and prejudice with a tighter plot structure. It features a solid cast of supporting players including Christopher Plummer clearly reveling in his one-eyed, Shakespere-quoting Kilngon role.

  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

    ★★★

    I prefer Shatner's cornball sentimentality to the two previous entries only because he's so much better at the visual aspects. This really looks like a movie. The lighting is dynamic and motivated, the composition is shaky at times, but overall pretty decent. I even enjoy the ways in which this film delves into the relationship between Kirk, McCoy, and Spock and their interior lives. And yes, I will defend the "Row row row your boat" scenes. It illustrates a simple…

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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ½

    Del Toro makes several ill-advised leaps in logic to get to the point of his Creature From the Black Lagoon fanfic turned 20 million dollar doomed romance.

    First, all we know of the fishman is that he understands rudimentary English like "egg" and "friend" and that he lacks any sort of recognizable human speech apparatus. Second, he is clearly not versed in human custom or at the very least Western ideas about courtship. Third, Elisa goes from "you are my…

  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    Can we take a minute to talk about Jones the cat?
    Is he in cahoots with the xenomorph?
    Does he like promise to lead food to it in exchange for safe passage?
    Or was it something more diabolical?
    Is Jones really the brains behind the whole operation?
    Is that why he doesn't want Ripley to put him in the box and get him off the ship?
    Was Jones planning on an alliance with the xenomorphs in a grand scheme to…