Matthew Stephenson

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  • Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

    Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

    ★★★

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

    Problematic.

    I was ready to write this off as a giant, outdated, misfire but then that ending happened and I reevaluated. Still a little too steeped romantic comedy tropes, but that final shot sure does sting.

  • The Skywalker Legacy

    The Skywalker Legacy

    ★★★

    The technical skill that went into the making of Rise of Skywalker is undeniably impressive, however, just like Rise of Skywalker itself, The Skywalker Legacy is determined to ignore anything interesting or challenging and simply bombard you with nostalgia. It was openly known that Rise of Skywalker was a troubled production with directors being fired and rewrites etc. all of which would be fascinating content for a making of, even if only lightly touched on. Unfortunately The Skywalker Legacy is…

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★

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

    It took me two viewings to finally come to terms with how I feel about Interstellar.

    There was a lot I disliked about this film. There’s loads of silly exposition (NASA scientists explaining to other NASA scientists how science works), clunky dialogue (“You’re the best pilot we ever had”), structural imbalance (the sudden perspective shift to underdeveloped earth characters 90mins in for cheap attempts at drama), and an oddly rushed conclusion (we’ve waited three hours for Cooper to be reunited…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    And I thought the trailer was intense...

    A rare bastion of wild creativity within a world populated by endless, safe, cookie-cutter Marvel sequels.

    See it.