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  • Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle

    Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle

    ★★

    These films are very awkwardly put together. They feel shallow and soulless in a way that is hard to describe. In terms of epic narrative scale, they seem to be the most ambitious Godzilla films to date. Yet that ambition comes at the cost of detail and emotional tangibility. All characters look the same, animation is robotic, individual moments have no emotional heft. No part of it even got me to go “that’s cool”.

    Sure, I would love to learn about the heroic future humans fighting to reclaim the Earth from Godzilla. But please, make me care about it.

  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★★

    No new take, just a patchwork of rehashed tropes. Every scene feels like something you’ve seen before, and the paper-thin “I have backstory!” characters don’t help either.

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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    ★★★

    It seems like action blockbuster increasingly means superheroes. That would be fine if not everything had to be part of an "extended universe". These films all feel exactly the same, and it's by design. Meh.

    Still, this was enjoyable; had some fun parts despite the thin plot and characterization. Only some of the main characters seem to have any depth at all, and (what could be) interesting plot points are instantly squandered in favor of more fighting. Oh, well.

    This is made to please as many people as possible, and it shows. I just wish more varied kinds of action films still fit that description too.

  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★★

    I’m a sucker for dark, velvety thrillers, and this one worked pretty well for me. The bleak tone had me completely hooked within five minutes. Though it sometimes feels a bit derivative (some moments were especially on-the-nose Lynchian), I cannot deny that it’s effective. It is a dexterously unsettling film.

    Tom Ford is, no doubt, a sharp aesthete. What I wasn’t expecting was a very palpable feeling of futility and hopelessness as the other side of the coin, and impostor…