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  • The Old Guard

    The Old Guard

    ★★★½

    Our heroes can't be killed, and our villains don't ever really seem to take that into account when facing off against them in combat. This is a problem, and it keeps the film from gaining any real tension in the back half. Also, the film dances around the idea of justifying an extrajudicial force that works in secret, doling out violence for causes that they deem worthy for their services. I do not think this is okay, even in the…

  • Japan Sinks: 2020

    Japan Sinks: 2020

    ★★★

    It goes to unexpected places. This anime is in no way rigorous about its depiction of Japan following a devastating earthquake that causes it to sink. It never really takes a wider view of the situation, sticking to the perspective of this one family and the people they meet along the way. There are long stretches where we don't really know where they're supposed to be going, what must be done to get them to safety. What the show makes…

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Update: Now in video form

    There is a house on a hill, and there are people in it. And they're nice, but not really. There is a garden, and there they get a lot of sunlight. And it is nice, and they get to sleep there sometimes.

    There is a house underground, and there are people in it. And they're the first to tell you that they're not very nice: they're con-men, grifters, forgers and imposters. They sit among stink…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★½

    It is interesting in the abstract. It problematizes the very concept of Batman: a rich white dude who takes to the streets and beats up criminals, ignoring all the systemic ways that he could actually make life better for people in his city. The rich get richer, and they start to imagine the people beneath them as rats and clowns, sick in the head and all ready to murder each other. They fail to see their complicity in a system…