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  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★★

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

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    SOFTWARE TROUBLE-SHOOTING, WITH ACTUAL GUNS

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    Works of fiction ... i.e. illusions ... inherently pose two questions:

    1.) Might illusions be real, in some sense?
    2.) By the same token, might reality be an illusion, in some sense?

    It's the nature of all fiction to raise those…

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

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    I HAVE A BAD FEELING ABOUT THIS

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    1999's THE PHANTOM MENACE might be the most indefensible film I have ever seen. Despite (a.) over a dozen years' incubation, (b.) the strongest fanbase in movie history, and (c.) the artistic freedom of a billionaire creator, this was…

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  • Pacific Rim

    Pacific Rim

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

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    NEW EXEMPLAR OF A CLASSIC SCI-FI CONCEPT (SPECIFICALLY, THE "LEAVE YOUR BRAIN AT HOME" CONCEPT)

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    The "Humongous Mecha" trope, as defined by TV Tropes, is surely the dominant trope in PACIFIC RIM. Thus, your enjoyment of this movie may depend on whether you buy into the…

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★

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    LIKE ITS TITLE CHARACTER, THIS MOVIE FAILS TO FOLLOW THROUGH

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    THE MASTER asks serious questions about what motivates and drives us, as a species of group-focused animals, not unlike canids (we worship "alphas," we crave a sense of belonging, etc.). It strikes me, no joke, as…