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  • Annihilation



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

    I really love the movie that this turns into in its final act. For the first two thirds, it's a gloomy monster movie take on Stalker with Hannibal-style production design, which is perfectly fine by me but nothing new. Every line of dialogue is observational or explanatory. "Here's what this is, here's who she is, let me explain this thing, hey look at that, etc etc." Even when attempting to establish characters, it comes across as listing bullet points. It…

  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

    Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story


    A perfect unassailable classic.

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  • Captain America: Civil War

    Captain America: Civil War

    The real battle royale this summer isn't between Batman and Superman, or between Captain America and Iron Man, or between the X-Men and the purple guy. It's over the soul of blockbuster cinema. Marvel has clearly staked its claim, and DC announced its own perspective rather loudly a few months ago. The latter made a film which, while admittedly convoluted, was at least a stab at something grandiose and new. It didn't make logical sense, but it felt like it…

  • Cloverfield



    Still the best film ever made about 9/11 -- about the 21st century -- Cloverfield is an unparalleled expressionist masterpiece. People talked about how it ripped its "don't show the monster" technique from Jaws, but it's closer to Lovecraft than anything else. Furthermore, it's an idea wholly indebted to the film's own era. We're afraid of what we don't know, what we can't see. Films like War of the Worlds come close to touching on post-9/11 anxieties so potently, but…