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  • Bad Boys II

    Bad Boys II

    ★★★★

    The thing about Bad Boys II is that it is definitely morally reprehensible, no doubt about it. But at the same time, within that reprehenibility, there is chaos and anarchy, with Michael Bay right in the middle giving us the middle finger while pissing at our feet, and you know what? At some point, you gotta respect a filmmaker who is able to cut through the facade of moviemaking and get right to the heart of artistry in its purest form. This is Michael Bay allowing us a peek into his being, and while we might not like what we see, at least it's honest.

  • Bad Boys

    Bad Boys

    ★★★★

    The weird thing about Michael Bay is that he shoots action scenes in a way that I would normally hate if anybody else was doing it. From the rapid editing technique to the lack of spatial awareness to the chaotic structure of them, it would be nauseating and boring if another filmmaker did the same shit (it is nauseating and boring when filmmakers do approach action from that perspective). And yet, with Michael Bay, that chaotic approach somehow makes sense.…

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★★½

    What's interesting about BvS is that while with MoS Snyder wanted to tell an immigrant story from the perspective of the immigrant by exploring Kal-El's Kryptonian and Earth-ian heritage, BvS is an exploration of the immigrant story from the perspective of the world surrounding the immigrant. And what was astonishing was the parallels that Snyder drew between Batman and Lex Luthor, and how they're essentially two sides to the same coin, both human beings who's very existence is brought into…

  • A Vigilante

    A Vigilante

    ★★★★

    This is not a movie that exploits female pain for a cathartic revenge power fantasy. It does not fetishize violence to give us a cathartic sense of relief and victory. Instead, this is a movie that explores the trauma and violence inflicted upon its victims, told squarely from the victim's point of view. We arrive at the scene just before violence or just after, but the movie never shows the physical act of domestic violence, because it does not want…