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  • Early Man

    Early Man

    ★★

    This is a misfit underdog sports movie. That's it. It didn't even need to be about cavemen. What happened? How did this get conceived? "Hey, let's make a movie about prehistoric man and their hijinks!" "Well, what should the story be?" "Hmmm...." "I know! Let's use the same story from Lagaan!" "Only it'll be football!" "Right, let's make a football movie!" (Or as we Americans call it, "soccer.")

    I'm really disappointed. The models don't even look that good. Honestly, the only thing this movie has to get by with is the inherent charm of Aardman's genial sense of humor. Literally nothing else.

  • Manila in the Claws of Light

    Manila in the Claws of Light

    ★★★★

    As I understand it, Lino Brocka was making a conscientious move from soapy mainstream fare to more socially-minded drama, and this was the highlight -- appropriately, it feels like neorealism married to melodrama. It's an unflattering portrait of impoverished Manila as seen through the trials of Julio, a naive country boy who comes to the city to locate his missing girlfriend, Ligaya. Little tragedies unfold around him and the poor men who cling on to menial salaries from thankless jobs;…

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★

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

    When I first heard about the planning of this movie, I checked out what the story was from the comics and immediately thought it would be a bad idea to turn these events literally into a movie. Finger-snap erasure of half the characters, only to have them easily return when someone else claims the device that erased them? That's an extreme version of the reversion-to-the-norm syndrome in episodic storytelling, which I hate. It's the idea that although drastic things can…

  • Skyfall

    Skyfall

    ★★★★★

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

    3rd viewing. I've liked this increasingly more each time, and especially this time in contrast to all the Bond movies that came before it, which I've been recently rewatching in order. I remember a critic's quote about Alfonso Cuarón's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which called it the first Harry Potter movie that could be rightfully termed as "cinema." That's mostly how I feel about Skyfall, which feels like the first arthouse Bond movie (sorry, Marc Forster). The…