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  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

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

    "He did not succeed, however, in growing old."

    When The Grand Budapest Hotel came out, I remember an acquaintance of mine getting into an argument on Facebook over whether this film trivializes the Nazis and the Holocaust. The person arguing Yes said that the film's stylish take on the SS, here known as the ZZ, was too cute to be applied to something as horrible as the Nazi regime and that the film didn't take the war seriously. I disagree.…

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  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★½

    The Great Marvel Re-Watch: Road to Infinity

    “It’s a long story, but basically I’m a bit of a hero.”

    Marvel has really not done right by Thor. He’s a great character, there’s decades of iconic stories to draw on and Chris Hemsworth is perfectly cast in the role. The first Thor movie is decent, but suffers from origin story unsteadiness, The Dark World is a mess and the Avengers movies stick him in the corner. Ragnarok was hyped as a…

  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★★

    Was inspired to rewatch this by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda’s excellent comic Monstress. I’m alway surprised how much story this packs in—I know it’s over two hours, but it’s still incredible that there is a whole movie’s length worth of movie before they start the massive war that takes up the third act.

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  • The Cobbler

    The Cobbler

    ½

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

    I watched this movie solely (no pun intended) to find out what the ridiculous plot twist at the end was. I'm posting it here for posterity.

    I've included some "important" plot details, because jumping straight to the twist would be incomprehensible.

    - In the early 1900s, a group of Yiddish shop-owners gather to discuss their plan to deal with a local businessman who is forcing them out. They give his shoes to the local cobbler, who re-soles them using a…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    You can tell the Citadel is a top-notch society because they have their priorities in order:

    1. Metal guitarist constantly shredding during battle
    2. Everything else