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  • The Bad Batch

    The Bad Batch

    The early word on this one was that it didn't quite work and was much too long. I'm thinking maybe soon we stop listening to the early word, whoever that is. This is carefully, lovingly made to be just about as fucked as possible and still play in the occasional mall theater. Amirpour is for real, and even if this film suffers the critical slings and arrows of similarly ambitious projects, it is bound to find its audience eventually, and…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    There has been a lot of controversy in my immediate peer group about this movie. Some of the points made are that it is wall-to-wall CGI - bad enough in itself, but a sin for an entry in this franchise - and that the film's aesthetic is full of those desperate touches that out-of-touch filmmakers add to make their work appeal to "a new generation" (these little "grandchild touches" always seem to have a 15-year time delay). Also, the trailers…