• The Matrix Revolutions

    The Matrix Revolutions

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    MAYBE NEEDED LESS REVOLUTION, MORE RESOLUTION

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    This movie basically has the same weaknesses as its predecessor, which I described in my review of THE MATRIX: RELOADED and don't wish to fully repeat here. No surprise, really, considering how the two movies were written and filmed almost…

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★★

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

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    WHY AM I SO ALONE, WITH THIS SOLO OPINION?

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    Are you ready for my most deviant, hottest take on Letterboxd?

    It is my opinion that, despite belonging to an era when the "Star Wars" brand got reduced to bantha poodoo, SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY shone…

  • 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 and (b.) the artistic freedom of a billionaire creator, this was just a disastrous chapter in the narrative…

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★

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    HAS FOLLOWERS, BUT HAS NO 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 a gritty reimagining of…

  • Fargo

    Fargo

    ★★★★

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    COME FOR THE ACTING AND NOIR TROPE SUBVERSIONS, STAY FOR THE ... UH ... LITTLE ELSE

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    First, let me say you've heard correctly that the acting here is phenomenal. Across the board. By each and every cast member. FARGO brilliantly showcases how even bumpkin characters, in…

  • The Matrix Reloaded

    The Matrix Reloaded

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

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    UNNECESSARY MOD

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    THE MATRIX: RELOADED ... part two of what became a trilogy ... is a complex fantasy, weighed down by consistency and continuity problems too numerous to list. Foremost among those is the fact that the original tour de force THE MATRIX didn't warrant any…

  • Pacific Rim

    Pacific Rim

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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…