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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★

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

    Watched this in Magic Johnson theater in Harlem, and the place exploded at the ending. People were yelling for their money back; children were crying. It was great.

    Most of the complaints are about how oversaturated the plot and pacing is. Yeah, I guess, but it's an ensemble comic book movie. I mean, come on. It'll be hard to outdo the last three in the franchise, but we got something new here: real stakes for the heroes themselves. Sure, those…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★★

    God, you guys. I don't even have the energy to defend this against your empty naysaying. This, more or less. Even aside from that, though, this is far superior to any of the three sequels; it's a hundred times the film Aliens is. Nothing will be Alien, ever, but this is Alien: Covenant, it's beautiful, and it fucking rocks.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★★

    Lots of fun; ridiculous plot. Try going back and reading a synopsis of it. It's a mess. But no less fun for it.

  • The Hudsucker Proxy

    The Hudsucker Proxy

    ★★★½

    Very fun, and the cover is dumb for having a hula hoop on it. I wasn't expecting how over-the-top it is, but I loved it, and now I can see a streak of that running through the rest of their work.

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★★

    Masterful. I am deeply disturbed. The technology is maybe overly aspirational, and the philosophy though spot on is a bit on the nose, but the story is perfect. Visually understated, in that it emphasizes a pre-human nature when everything else about it is post-human. That is, while it has its flashy tech and minimalist architecture, there's a continuity between the pre-human and post-human that blurs or even erases the lines between artificial and natural in exactly the way I think they should be.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    Annihilatingly joyous. I finished this soaked in sweat and tears. The first two were fun, and this builds on the great visuals and backstory of the second, but with a new layer of glimmer and grit. And then there's the gender dynamics, presenting the masculine dilemma of the original film and the ambiguity of the second from its own matriarchal angle. Maybe not impeccable (or is it?), but I already want to watch it again.

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★★½

    Yes! I didn't know it before, but this is exactly what I want a Spider-Man movie to be. I loved the high school dynamics, the dialogue and its presentation, and the legitimately hard choices the characters were faced with in their respective worlds. It's easy for action movies to go with lazily effective emotional stakes, but this dug deeper.

  • Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

    Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

    ★★★½

    Okay! Now that's a post-apocalyptic movie. The first was a bit underwhelming, but this is a great story. A gritty world, a more comprehensible backstory, and enjoyable characters. This is one of those that I feel like I've somehow never not seen.

  • Mad Max

    Mad Max

    ★★★

    Exhausting, but I can see the appeal. Straightforward revenge flick with a healthy stir of A Clockwork Orange.

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★½

    After getting ready for Black Panther, and then watching Black Panther, I found my appetite for MCU films whetted, so I kept catching up. This one completely threw me. Great story, beautiful world building, and actual character development for most of the previously fairly boring Thor characters. If the franchise continues to experiment aesthetically like this, I'll keep watching.

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★★

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

    Easily the best MCU film. It carries forward some plot lines set up in earlier films without being dependent on them or tied to their aesthetic. The story line is simple but enjoyable, the perfect canvas for the jaw-dropping design (that fucking kinetic suit), and the most complex ethical and political considerations (Killmonger wasn't wrong) of any blockbuster I can think of.

  • Rocky II

    Rocky II

    ★★★½

    A reasonable followup to the practically perfect original. Maybe a little over-confident, and didn't quite capture the same magic.