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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    "History repeats itself, as do artists. But the level of self-reference (some might say self-cannibalization) in Alien: Covenant, Dame Ridley Scott's second prequel in the long-running Alien series after 2012's woeful Prometheus, is off the charts. There are innumerable visual and thematic allusions here to Scott’s masterful 1979 sci-fi/horror hybrid Alien, which begat sequels and offshoots helmed by James Cameron, David Fincher, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and Paul W.S. Anderson. Covenant begins, however, by cribbing from one of its director's only other good films, 1982's Blade Runner."

    On Dame Ridley Scott's latest, with two Michael Fassbenders for the price of one! At Reverse Shot:

  • Carnival Magic

    Carnival Magic


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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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

    (Also published on The Completist.)

    Tarkin Dead with Chris Hardwick

    It's interesting to discover your moral thresholds. In an oft-referenced review of Gillo Pontecorvo's Kapò (1960), Jacques Rivette takes issue with a tracking shot that glides over the freshly deceased body of a character played by Emmanuelle Riva. Writes Rivette: "The man who decides, at that moment, to have a dolly in to tilt up at the body, while taking care to precisely note the hand raised in the angle…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street


    A sober man's study of an intoxicated one. Makes me want to prop Michael Bay in front of it, Clockwork Orange-style, and shout "This is how you do satire!" at deafening decibels. Truthfully, the peanut-brain would probably get off on it…which is how you do satire. Let the morons expose themselves, even as the viewers who fancy they're above it all (myself definitely included) quietly acknowledge the pleasure inherent—per George Carlin—in having gotten a ticket to the freak show. ("One…