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  • The American Meme

    The American Meme

    ★★★½

    A good cultural artifact for future historians to pick over as they sift through the rubble of this society.

  • Venom

    Venom

    ★½

    So bad it actually starts being perversely entertaining again. I don’t buy that it was intentionally written to be so absurd, as I thought they were going for something mature and R rated. 
    Hopefully one day they’ll get the character right, this feels way off the mark. Tom Hardy is a good actor but he feels miscast. To me, Brock was highly ambitious but prone to cutting corners, then becomes wrathfully and full of rage when exposed by Peter Parker.…

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★

    Thanks Luca Guadagnino.  I'm not eating an apricot EVER again. Just in case.

    Great performances. Potent sense of the steaminess and sexiness of being on a burgois holiday frolicking in streams and cycling between bottles of wine and pasta.

    I wasn't on board with the love story between Elliot and Oliver. Elliot's motivations I could understand - he's a horny 17 year old looking to get his end away. Oliver however, just comes off as creepy and exploitative. After all…

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★½

    Yet another Marvel film that just gets by on cartoony action and a pastiche of Whedonesque quips. 
    It's a Marvel release so expect the same film we've been watching for the last several years but with different characters. 
    At the very least, it was better than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, but barely.
    The best of the Thor films by default if judged solely on entertainment value. I was bored rigid by the first, mildly entertained by the novelty of the second's pre-GotG space-operatic outlandishness, but this third one is a desperate to be another Guardians. It's not, but it tries.