Mo Shafeek

Mo Shafeek

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  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★★

    Look, it’s not actually three stars good, but I clearly have an appreciation for the wild swings filmmakers took in the 90s in an attempt to define the cinematic language of video game adaptations (see Super Mario Bros. - another film I find charming, warts and all) plus it gave us Techno Syndrome (one of the most accidentally persevering songs of all time) and everyone involved is truly giving 110% to absolute nonsense and I respect that.

  • Hard Ticket to Hawaii

    Hard Ticket to Hawaii

    It’s like an episode of FRIENDS, except in Hawaii, and the friends are all a bunch of sex positive part-time spies, and instead of Central Perk they hang out at a restaurant called Edy’s.

    This episode is called The One With The Toxic Snake.

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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★½

    “When I made this I was going through a break up. I’m all better now” - Ari Aster, introducing this film. 

    Slow clap. 

    Also, the most honest representation of tripping on mushrooms I’ve ever seen on film.

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★½

    So I liked it more the third time than either of the previous two times.

    Maybe I have Stockholm syndrome.

    Maybe I was finally able to let the stupidity wash over me and allow it to just try to entertain me.

    Maybe I could finally just see it less cynically, and see the utter desperation to be loved underneath.

    Either way, it’s fascinating to watch the chemical reaction of a movie that runs entirely on emotional fumes because the idea…