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  • Don't Worry Darling

    Don't Worry Darling

    Added to the Library because I am consumed by its novelistic approach to a bank of images so inherently filmic; not sure if that's just what I'm looking for in every entry of my wannabe-curated collection, or if that reflects my general perspective on film as a medium, but it's there and it fits. The complaints about what the plane is, what it means to the second layer of the fiction, seem to willfully ignore the film's greater point--and its…

  • M3GAN

    M3GAN

    A funk-dance routine to precede a kill sequence--and for the end credits, a fun little disco track that I might never have stumbled across on my own: it's probably called M3GAN because it's built to give you the impression of an already-well-established series, free to make silly decisions because we're primed for this character to blow past a trilogy. For that, maybe it teeters on the edge of being too cute, too derivative--if you want a disturbing synthesis of humanity…

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  • 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…

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ½

    The Doctor Strange pledge in full effect. Watts seems like the first filmmaker in decades who doesn't know what to do with Spider-Man's static mask, so you're going to see a lot of Spidey just staring into space, with Holland's jaw moving or possibly not, over a stream of jokey blather. But Homecoming is predicated on Civil War's bullshit concept of fidelity--and what comes out of that is a "high school movie" that devotes its high school self entirely to…