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  • Children of Men

    Children of Men

    ★★★★★

    Alfonso Cuarón's Children of Men is, simply, one of the best movies I've ever seen. Repeat viewings never fail to overwhelm me with some of the strongest gut-level emotional reactions I've ever had to a movie. I can only talk about it in superlatives: it's a near-religious experience. One of the movies that makes me love movies.

    Children of Men is set in a near-future dystopia, two decades after the last human birth. The sci-fi premise of mass infertility has…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    If any excuse were necessary to rewatch Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, a new print projected in a proper theater would certainly be it.

    To mark the film's 50th anniversary, Warner Bros. commissioned filmmaker and Kubrick aficionado Christopher Nolan to create a set of new 70mm prints. Nolan's team located an intact 70mm preservation print, and strove to reproduce its inherent color and picture quality without digital effects. In theory, this new version of the film would be closer…

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  • Maze Runner: The Death Cure

    Maze Runner: The Death Cure

    ★★

    While definitely not in the target audience, and without expressly setting out to do so, I've still somehow managed to see all three Maze Runners. Their easy availability on streaming services is just too tempting my for chronic addiction to escapist spectacle sci-fi.

    It's interesting to see how young adult fiction contrives such scenarios where adults are absent or subservient. Like Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Hunger Games, the Maze Runner films are constructed around the YA trope of there…

  • The Brain

    The Brain

    The live Mystery Science Theater 3000 experience, at the Playstation Theater in Times Square. Loads of fun, with all the "bang!" and "Eegah!" jokes fans could possibly want.

    The actual movie, of course, would be utterly unbearable otherwise.

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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★

    VOICE:
    Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to say something about Mission: Impossible Fallout that hasn't already been said on Letterboxd.

    ME:
    Uh, it was good? I liked it.

    VOICE:
    Disavowed. [puff of smoke]

  • Battle of the Sexes

    Battle of the Sexes

    ★★★

    Bobby Riggs was ahead of his time. If he were alive today, he’d probably be president of the United States.