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  • The Battle of Stalingrad

    The Battle of Stalingrad


    Really fascinating movie, mostly as a time capsule of course. It’s basically Soviet edutainment, as we get a play-by-play of the Nazi invasion of Stalingrad in part 1* and the Soviet counteroffensive in the second part (complete with animated geographic diagrams!), cutting between Stalin and a few of his top generals, scenes of field commanders receiving orders and responding, cuts of warfare, and some screen time for the Nazi officers cut in the same cloth. Technically all very boring, and…

  • Leningrad



    There is an endless amount of post-Soviet WWII content, all perfunctory and well-made, all pretty enjoyable but missing just something each time that would make them any sort of relative “great”. Leningrad is one of those entries. The gritty portrayal of the siege of Leningrad certainly leaves an impression, and while the American actors aren’t as bad as the usual English-speakers in these kinds of productions (likely due to their prestige in comparison to other entries), there is still something missing. In my opinion what is missing is the Soviet heart — a collective spirit that post-Soviet filmmaking has either dazedly forgotten or willingly suppressed.

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  • Burn After Reading

    Burn After Reading


    First time seeing this in ten years... it came out in the tail end of the Bush era and felt very relevant to the idiocy of the administration. Now, it feels much the same in the era of Trump, though liberals online seem to be putting a lot of faith in the “deep state” this time around. What have we learned?

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame


    I dunno, I just felt so emotionless during this thing. It seemed like every time there was a moment where it was going to make you swell up with emotions and crying, it would cut away to another scene or quip. I didn’t hate it. I liked it about as much as Infinity War. Maybe a little less. There are good bits. But I came out of this finding IW more entertaining— which I found shocking, because I couldn’t stop complaining about that movie every time my nerd coworkers brought it up all year.