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  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★★

    The existence of Justice League, in the form that the world has seen it, cannot be understood without the reaction to Batman v Superman (BvS) as context. At the heart of this reaction lies Armond White’s basically correct diagnoisis that the “culture has lost appreciation for the true aesthetics of cinema”. He further develops his point by arguing that this is a condition that has been preyed upon by artless studios to the point that those to whom a film…

  • Blue Planet II

    Blue Planet II

    Pretty oceans, but, like, if you've seen one of these things you've seen them all. No shade to planet Earth, just that these filmmakers need to mess with their structure.

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  • Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange

    ★½

    There's a certain overstatement in the elucidation of Doctor Strange's successes, as one might find them here and elsewhere. The chief and only truly justifiable ambition that could be attributed to the film is its visual style. For when, on the few occasions that Strange really does something (e.g. when it folds a city about itself, or has a building eat a person), it is surely at its most interesting.

    Yet, this particular ambition—and calling it an ambition is generous…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★★★

    "Circles. Round and round and round they go to find Superman.
    Wrong category, boy. No, no, triangles."
    – Lex Luthor

    ------- Superman ------
    Batman -- △ -- Luthor

    Each and all triangluated by the other in knowing and unknowing plays of power, all defined by and undermining the ontology of the state in which they move.

    ------ Goodness ------------
    Force --- △ --- Knowledge

    Superman is accused of unilateral action in his use of his innate power-as-goodness that cannot be…