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  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars

    Star Wars: The Clone Wars

    It helps, slightly, knowing that a lot of the elements introduced in this will ultimately lead to something better, and it also helps to look at it as three episodes of a TV show rather than a feature film, but it’s still pretty wretched. Every character is the worst version of themself in this, and you can feel the creative team struggling to find the appropriate tone for this. Is it a silly kids’ show or a high intensity series about war? It’s all that’s bad about the prequels with almost none of what’s good. This is the nadir of Star Wars.

  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    The fundamental problem with the Star Wars prequels is that they’re a good story poorly told.

    When you lay out the narrative of the prequels on paper, beat for beat, it’s actually pretty compelling. At a time when galactic civilization had stagnated after a millennia of peace, evil quietly emerges, taking advantage of complacency and using the specter of war as a justification for eroding democracy. And amid this turmoil, a young man with a troubled past finds that all…

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    This hits a lot of very personal buttons for me, and I don’t think I quite have the words to articulate what I felt about it except for that it’s phenomenally good and vital and should be seen by everyone.

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    In the third act of Quentin Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, an audience is locked in a theater that’s burning down around them while the projected image on screen cackles at their fate.

    That’s basically I’M SORRY TO BOTHER YOU. A raw, unwieldy, audacious expression of both burning rage and morbid glee at the horrible, stupid, absurd ways we’re all slowly destroying ourselves. It’s a movie that never lets you get comfortable, taking left turn after left turn, and getting more and…