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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★

    Winners:
    + Ehrenreich and Glover
    + Chewbacca
    + ILM and Neal Scanlan's creature shop
    + Ron Howard's reputation
    + Bradford Young's showreel
    + the old Expanded Universe
    + the new Expanded Universe
    + publishers of "29 SOLO Easter Eggs You May Have Missed" articles/videos

    Losers:
    - Jon Favreau, lol
    - Female characters, mostly
    - Supporting characters, almost entirely
    - That one mountain (and its goats, RIP)
    - People who want these movies set in a limitless universe to move outward instead of inward

  • Let the Corpses Tan

    Let the Corpses Tan

    ★★★

    One of the best-looking, best-sounding, and most frustrating movies of 2017.

    Like BLADE RUNNER ('82), I appreciate and even enjoy the next-level craft on display here, and many sequences thrill viscerally, but as a feature narrative it's hard for me to connect with.

    If Cattet & Forzani directed straight-up erotica it'd be the hottest movie ever made.

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  • The Raid

    The Raid

    ★★★★★

    If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.

    "That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."

  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    ★★★★★

    People talk about films "packing an emotional punch", but never before has a movie made me actually feel physical pain from its emotional content.