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  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★★★½

    *Rewatching Malick*: Part 8

    As I reach the end of this series, it's impossible not to draw endless comparisons. To see our modern concerts blast across where the children of 'The Tree of Life' played, to watch Natalie Portman's 'Rhonda' fall into similar traps as Sissy Spacek's 'Holly' in 'Badlands', to see more men drawn into the false promises of glamour and suburbia, affairs and passion, a la 'Knight of Cups' and 'To The Wonder', it gives a full picture…

  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★★★

    When I tell people that movies are my thing, naturally, their follow-up question is: "What's your favorite movie?" My answer has been pretty much the same since 9th grade: "The Departed". When they ask why, I simply respond that it has everything. I've had this conversation so many times, but today when I had it, I wondered why I hadn't watched it since 2015. It's probably just because I've seen it so many times and I know every musical cue,…

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  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★

    Part 17 of Road to Infinity War

    No you know what? Fuck this SNL sketch of a movie. If I wanted a mocking, giggly parody of the MCU, I’d go to Jimmy Fallon or some other brainless hack on YouTube. Maybe it was just being surrounded by fans on opening night that led me to think that this was acceptable, but it certainly is not. I understand the urge to course-correct from the ultra self-seriousness of the first two installments,…

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★

    Part 16 of Road to Infinity War

    I don't really know how to feel about this. It's not bad by any means, but there's something really plastic, shiny, weightless, harmless, slick, syrupy about it that just rubs me the wrong way. Spider-Man just doesn't really belong in this world, this context. They do probably as good of a job of it as they could, but he just really needs to be in his own world. I like how vulnerable and…

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★★

    Part 15 of Road to Infinity War

    Wow the complete opposite experience of Doctor Strange. Not only does this hold up, but it’s even more powerful than when I first saw it. This works for me for reasons similar to why Ultron does: its main focus is on the love for and between the characters and how it drives them. The dynamics here are excellent. The way Gunn pairs them off differently than the first one so that they all…

  • Daddy's Home 2

    Daddy's Home 2

    When the movie theater employees started handing out free candy and drinks in the name of Christmas I yelled “Bullshit” at full volume and I stand by it.