"Correspondingly, although it doesn’t approach the cruelty found in some of Hong’s early features, there’s a definite intensity here, perhaps purely by dint of emotional outbursts that arrive in rapid succession. Hong’s hallmarks are still here (if in shorter form), but what’s unique about Lost in the Mountains is the sense that nearly every line is barbed or bitter in some way. The most pleasurable part of the film, though, is seeing how Hong pares-down and distills his approach to its fundamental elements."
Batman v Superman is a brutal film, but not in its attitudes towards the narrative, the characters, or the viewer. Instead, it is astounding in the frank, unrestrained, yet almost impressionistic approach towards the subject matter and the weighty themes at hand. Snyder and his collaborators are unblinking in their depiction of the violence and lack of heroics that take place in a changed, darker world that in many, many ways reflects our own, but, incredibly, make them palatable in…
"Crazy Rich Asians otherwise has no time or inclination to explore anything traditional in Asian culture unless it is explicitly related to the plot in a way intended to draw out the nigh-villainous qualities of the Youngs. The movie’s most fundamental and detrimental demerit is its frequent flattening of characters and centuries-old practices into one-dimensional stereotypes, conflating so many different attributes so as to create something muddled and more than a little offensive."