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  • Pacific Rim: Uprising

    Pacific Rim: Uprising


    Extremely efficient fun-delivery system with no underlying lesson or meaning. The action is effective; the way they bridge the pilots' experience and that of their bots continues to work really well. The plot has every cliche in every book, but otoh makes the stakes clear and doesn't dwell on anything long enough to get tiresome. The "resolution" of the love triangle is almost a parody of its type, but in a way I enjoyed.

  • Red Sparrow

    Red Sparrow


    Very pulpy, very lurid, not a lot to say, but a really satisfying exercise in spy novel adaptation.

    It's a textbook case of how novels can inject things that original-script movies would leave out. In the old days, it was adult issues that the film code discouraged; now, it's side details that don't fit into efficient how-to-write-a-screenplay templates. I hadn't known there was a novel going in, but as soon as I saw competent workmanlike side characters, and a realistic…

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther


    Pro: This is easily my favorite of the MCU movies. I love the look (there's one repeated shot that kept reminding me of the first GI Joe movie, but that's not necessarily a bad thing), and the opening sequence is a great and very clever way to begin this story, paying off in a big way mid-movie and a smaller way at the end.

    Con: By being the best, this movie suggests that there's a ceiling on how much I…

  • Annihilation



    The Color Out Of Space meets 2001: A Space Odyssey ("2001: A Color Out Of Space Odyssey"?), and I loved it. A very particular story told in a very particular way, with good choices throughout. My first definite Top 10-er of 2018.

    I chip it half a star for a combination of wanting just a smidge more information about the characters (what was her job in the military?), and feeling like the film was excessively distanced from the visuals. I'm…