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  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★½

    Can safely count me out of the Hugo: Battle Angel sequel, 'cause this was some hot garbage right here. The strange blockbuster hype machine on here that fairly regularly celebrates any minor quirk or conceit as some sort of cinematic epiphany really threw me for a loop on this one and I'm genuinely disappointed. I'd have liked to have found this to be a good time rather than a monotonous, shapeless, conceptually vacant, sub-Ready Player One, CW adjacent slog but here we are. Can see lots of potential in the premise, however the execution is such a huge misfire on almost every level.

  • Red Beard

    Red Beard

    ★★★★½

    [Did some extra writing around the quotes I put up earlier today. Probably shouldn't have gotten ahead of myself with those, but Deleuze is lit so who can blame me, right? Right...?]

    I wrote a little on my personal blog some months back about the epiphany I had when reading Deleuze's elucidation of Kurosawa's cinema, particularly in how the director aims to reorient his characters from seeing what Deleuze calls the "givens of the situation" to the "givens of the…

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  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★½

    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…

  • 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…