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  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★★

    They just can’t seem to get these Predator sequels right. I give it credit for coming up with a kind of subversive rationale for why they keep coming to the planet to hunt us peoples and it did have some pretty funny moments.

    Other than that? Generic Action 101. And don’t get me started on the dumbassery surrounding the space ship at the end.

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★½

    One of the most metal movies ever made.

    I don’t know that I can write much of a “review” for this. So much of it spoke to me personally. It’s dreamy, trippy and downright insane at times. Slower-paced but not. The score is incredible... alone it’s probably Johann Johannsson’s best work (gone too soon). But then you add Stephen O’Malley from Sunn O)))? Damn.

    I’m really appreciating Panos Cosmatos’ burgeoning aesthetic. He doesn’t just rest on poaching an ‘80s feel…

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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★

    Nostalgia was originally defined as a mental condition of longing for one’s lost homeland. American nostalgia is quite a bit different. Steven Spielberg has said this is his thing and oh what a seductive, reductive thing it is.

    The problem with films like Ready Player One is that if you actively engage cognitively with the presented material and your opinion ends up suspicious, you’re either called a joyless cynic or, even better, you’ve committed the mortal sin of “taking it…

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★½

    Goat meal for T-Rex? Check. Crawl under tables to avoid raptor? Check. Money-grubbing dickhead gets eaten by aforementioned T-Rex? Check. So you’ve got your callbacks galore, you’ve got your nostalgia. You’ve got your efficient-but-completely-perfunctory $150 million-whatever action sequences that will soon be forgotten (not one moment nearly as iconic as anything in the original). You’ve got your open ending (Rise of the Planet of the Dinosaurs?) for further sequels. So what are we left with exactly? Deus ex machinas aplenty? Chris Pratt phoning it in already?

    Yeah, sounds about right.