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  • AVP: Alien vs. Predator

    AVP: Alien vs. Predator


    Two stars for the effects only. I was actually pleasantly surprised for all of about five minutes of screentime when the Aliens and Predators actually fight. The effects were better than they were in the last two Alien films.

    But fuck me... this is one boring, uninspired film for the rest of the running time.

  • Prometheus



    Now that I've seen Prometheus about three times, I'm starting to warm to it more. In my initial review, I stated that I couldn't see Ridley making a sequel to this and now we have Alien: Covenant opening in a few weeks.

    I still think Lindelof's dialogue and some of the characters are poorly developed but the central premise of the Engineers, the black goo, the relationship with humans, and David and Shaw are still fascinating. My guess is we'll explore more of that in Alien: Covenant so maybe Ridley is onto a good thing.

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  • Swingers



    I have fond, fond memories of Swingers.

    Swingers is one of these experiences you had to have when it first came out. As a late teenager at the time (closer to my twenties), what Vince and Jon do in this movie was pretty much what I was doing (except the whole Vegas thing and saying 'beautiful babies' a lot). Hanging out with friends, trying to look cool, going to new clubs and bars, buying expensive drinks (or stealing others at…

  • The Science of Sleep

    The Science of Sleep


    Gondry is in complete control with The Science of Sleep. He wrote and directed this absolute wonder of a film. You can feel his playful energy in every frame, with Gael García Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg throwing themselves into Gondry's head and really understanding his vision.

    It's filmmakers like Gondry, who when they have total ownership over their material, make you see the pure magic that cinema can provide. Glorious!