Ivy Allie

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  • The Incredibles

    The Incredibles

    ★★★★★

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

    The Incredibles has long been one of my favorite movies, but I hadn’t seen it in a while and I was, honestly, a bit worried going back into it. Things have a way of not holding up, and a few people have pointed out a worrisome Ayn-Rand-ish subtext in the story.

    But, I was relieved to find, the film does still hold up. And the messaging of it isn’t so much insidious as it is kind of odd and hard…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★½

    "Do you know what the definition of a hero is? Someone who gets other people killed." - Zoe Washburn, "Firefly." (Which is better than Star Wars and that's a hill that I'll die on.)

    I really don't like to throw in my lot with the rabble of malcontents who have poisoned the discourse around this film. Especially since some people have made pretty fair arguments for it being not only a good film but possibly the best Star Wars film.…

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  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    ★★★★½

    Did you ever notice that the central conflict of this film is explicitly about the midcentury urban freeway projects that fractured American cities by bulldozing disadvantaged neighborhoods and dismantling public transit systems?

    Forget it, Jake. It’s Toontown.

  • A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

    A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

    ★★★

    It’s the Coen brothers seen through a Wes Anderson filter with a dash of Tom & Jerry. Set in Silk-Road-era China. More slapstick comedy than noir, but pretty fun honestly. I prefer the original but this is worth a watch for sure.

    Also, in the one scene in which noodles are shown, they look incredibly delicious. I want some.

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  • The Skin I Live In

    The Skin I Live In

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

    God damn it but I am really angry and upset right now. I don’t know honestly why I have continued to watch Almodovar’s films despite such incredibly tone-deaf stories as Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down, but this is my last one for sure. No amount of beautiful photography and good direction is going to redeem this film for me. I’ve had it with Almodovar’s incredibly simplistic and reductive understanding of gender and sexuality, and clearly he is not about…

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

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

    There's a special kind of awful that can only be attained by someone who thinks their screenplay is "smart" when it actually isn't. Ex Machina is such a film, constantly comporting itself as a story of Big Ideas, but said Ideas are largely misconceptions and even then aren't explored in much depth. This could be forgiven if the actual narrative was good, but it's not. It's a mishmash of dull characters, predictable plotting, and regressive tropes that are likewise unquestioned.…