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  • Good Morning

    Good Morning


    4.0/5.0 = Amazing

    Ozu is the chicken noodle soup of cinema; the warming comfort food you consume when you need to be reminded of the virtues of family. I can only imagine that Edward Yang absolutely adored this film. GOOD MORNING is very much my type of domestic drama. Small, contained, but never lacking in depth. Everything finds its quaint little purpose here, and though some of it may read as juvenile, this juxtaposition of the childish and the mature…

  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    Sicario: Day of the Soldado


    2.0/5.0 = Satisfactory

    Not so much a bad film as it is a first draft. Taylor Sheridan obviously phoned this one in, with his writing reaching all-time staleness. Stefano Sollima and Dariusz Wolski are given the impossible task of matching the aesthetic mastery of Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins. Josh Brolin and Benicio del Toro are delightful to watch as always, but the entire operation feels compromised because SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLDADO never justifies its existence. It doesn't add…

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  • Annihilation



    1.5/5.0 = Middling

    So Alex Garland pumps out one of the smartest sci-fi chamber pieces of all time - as a directorial debut, no less - only to follow it up with a film that is best labelled "edgelord ARRIVAL"? I'm not trying to be mean-spirited, but it's kind of peculiar that the very same guy who helped usher in a new wave of smart sci-fi for Hollywood (a genre which posits that good science fiction can be made on…

  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell


    3.5/5.0 = Great

    Justifying its tightrope-walk of a casting decision (read more here) through a gut-wrenching revelatory third act sequence that services the core thematics of identity crisis and Eurocentrism in a not-so-far-away future, GHOST IN THE SHELL is the live action cyberpunk film I've been waiting all these years for. Delivering in style and crafting a satisfying origin story in a mere 105 minutes, this is undeniably the most aesthetically solid Hollywood blockbuster I've seen in years. Let the…