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  • Caligula

    Caligula

    ★★★½

    a lot of silly 70s bullshit, but mcdowell plays a perfect caligula

  • The Trip to Spain

    The Trip to Spain

    ★★★½

    loses something in the transition between tv series and movie. the ending is funny and strange. it's telling that even grounded, easy-going movies like this cant help but include some element of apocalypse.

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★

    it's difficult to imagine a less compelling cast of characters

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★

    well-paced, well-acted, and has a cool original take on first contact. doesn't really stick the landing but overall compelling. that gets the movie stuff out of the way. what's really fascinating to me about this movie is its vile, hateful ideology. arrival is one of several "realistic" sci-fi movies that have come out in recent years which present a conventional liberal fantasy: that our societal elite have their high statuses in life not because they were born into a ruling…