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  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★★

    From my Reverse Shot review:

    "By primarily defining Glass in formal, thematic, and ethical opposition to the adaptations he believes have been widely mistaken for the pinnacle of comic book form, Shyamalan here is unable to loosely interpret and interpolate the genre as he did in Unbreakable. The corrupting effects of superhero ubiquity are explicitly illustrated by the opening scene, in which two punks “super-man punch” an innocent bystander, record the attack, and then circulate the images online where others…

  • The Image Book

    The Image Book

    ★★★★

    From my A.V. Club debut:

    "If Godard weren’t Godard, would we be so inclined to accept this faux history lesson as truth? To put it another way, what does it mean that Western viewers, potentially unaware of the region’s aesthetic traditions, might even assume this passage authentic? Couldn’t Godard’s auteur status then be used to obfuscate, misrepresent, or even do harm to the region and people that, through his career, his cinema has sought to defend? Now 88 years old,…

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  • After Earth

    After Earth

    ★★★★

    In the absence of the overt spirituality, or even a subversion of that spirituality (see: The Village), that often textures Shyamalan’s oeuvre, we find what is perhaps the director’s most explicitly philosophical work: a film that examines how worldviews function at the most immediate level of perception and action, and how metaphysics change our understanding of raw affect and thus how we respond to it. It’s quite simple: we have a story reduced to a template, a problem, and from…

  • Hello Destroyer

    Hello Destroyer

    ★★★★

    Long before I wanted to be a film critic my dream was to be a professional hockey player, and I can remember the exact moment that idea was implanted. Five-years-old seated in a spare dressing room at the Vancouver Canucks’ home rink, I was about to step on the ice for a scrimmage in front of thousands of people -- one of my most vivid early memories. My team was visited by the Canucks' healthy scratch for that evening, some…