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  • Muriel's Wedding

    Muriel's Wedding


    This was just a treat and a delight.

    I'd have to do a much closer read on this movie to speak authoritatively on the business of structure, taking notes and all that good stuff, but I have a serious suspicion that examining the beats and motifs of this film, I would find that the typical three-beat is extended to a four-beat or thereabouts, or that the third happens without comment. This movie relishes repetition and seriality, and characters are constantly…

  • Demolition Man

    Demolition Man


    OK: this movie is totally reactionary libertarian wank material. YES: this movie, released today, would be squarely in the bad-faith right-wing camp of being against "safe spaces" and "political correctness gone mad." REGRETTABLY: the moral of the story is basically radical centrism as delivered by a literally time-displaced cop and lacking in economic or structural critique. All that said, this is actually delightful to watch, despite Denis Leary's Bill Hicks Lite rantings about personal freedom. Marco Brambilla, a video artist,…

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther


    There's a lot here. There's a LOT here. As a fan and apologist of Marvel House Style, I will reluctantly admit that where this film is at its most Marvel-y, it's at its weakest. But even liberalism, weak structural scaffolding, and the closed sandbox feel of a franchise movie, cannot dilute the revelatory power of the things Black Panther does do.

    Ryan Coogler and his fantastic cast use gesture and movement perhaps better than any blockbuster in history. The production…

  • Justice League

    Justice League

    Wow, this is a misfire on every conceivable level.

    After no fewer than four scenes jockeying for “first sequence” -- in no intelligible causal order, a ponderously slow and grating vertical cameraphone video of Superman, a ludicrous fakeout-fight leading to a cheesy parademon rumble and mind-boggling expository dump, an overwrought funeral montage set to a bad Leonard Cohen cover, and Wonder Woman doing sorta-superheroic things -- we're off to the races, in a totally batshit litany of seemingly disconnected events…