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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    Of course these movies mean something to me. Back when I was still rating them with stars, I tossed 'em out like candy, and I've talked at great length about which ones helped me along my healing process. I have to finish this decade-plus of narrative, and my entire body of film criticism, with the assertion that I'm not made of freakin' stone--but all I can take from my reaction is the knowledge that Evans' Captain America means a lot…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    I didn't mean for the last few months to feel like a farewell tour--it's just nice to recognize the symmetry, you know? The silly, number-23 notion that everything circles back around to this film; and its sequel/second half, the too-perfect title upon which to cap off a career. Heck, I didn't even tell you about the circumstances that led me to politely mention my problems with Infinity War to Mark Ruffalo. (He asked, and was very indulgent.) Back then, I…

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ½

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

    I can call Infinity War garbage because it is garbage--but I can only get so worked up about its purpose and ambition, its "grand scheme," when I tell you that I'm giving this another Doctor Strange half-star. Intertextuality and all that. Still, this Avengers leads me to the same conclusion as the last one: that the MCU, or Marvel or Disney or Kevin Feige, cannot squelch the auteur's creative voice. But now that they've financed enough creative voices to form…

  • London Has Fallen

    London Has Fallen

    ★★★★★

    An Iranian filmmaker, long ago displaced by war, somehow gets his hands on a flag-jerking slimeball of a Hollywood movie; his sequel begins with an American drone blowing the hell out of a Pakistani wedding. Olympus has been reconstructed, and the lesson was to take the moniker as literally as possible, to chuck thunderbolts from on high. It's a curious, and nauseating, and natural extension of Olympus Has Fallen and its weird genericisms. Benjamin Asher is no longer an anonymous…