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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    we mustn't destroy what we hate, we must save what we love.

    This is a tremendous, immensely valuable chapter of the Star Wars saga. While I may not come to love it on a personal level as much as I do some of it's predecessors, this thing is fascinating to take in. Johnson provides a cleanse of sorts of all the baggage from this saga's long, rich history; addressed literally in the film as "letting the past die". The divisiveness…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    A fierce and passionate parable about hope; First Reformed is a response, at times a whimper and at others a shout, to Jesus’ infamous question in the garden just before his death - My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? A look at the difficulties of a *truly* religious life, one in which all actions, perceptions and reactions are analyzed, scrutinized and reconciled in relation to a foundational text that offers little empathy to those who stray from…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    we are what they grow beyond

    This is a movie that challenges our relationship to Star Wars; a sharp rebuke of the "hero's journey", subverting the role of destiny in this franchise and instilling an element of self-determination into this universe. Anyone can be a hero now, and anyone can be a villain. Kylo is descended from heroes, but has still chosen to be evil. Rey is descended from nobodies, and she might just save the galaxy. So much of…

  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★½

    Hmmm. Weirdly I don't have much to say aside from that this is a classic "mixed bag", to use a lazy cop-out of a description. There's stuff I loved, without a doubt. The final five minutes, the sort of twist on the twist, was spectacular. Moving, insightful and honestly pretty cathartic; it's a short sort of ode to the self-actualizing power of superheroes, wrapping the trilogy up nicely and it frames what we saw in a radically different light. Shyamalan…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    I've been seeing lots of "controversy" over the supposed value of La La Land vs something like Moonlight, usually insinuating that La La Land's comparative levity somehow renders it lesser. My quick two cents would that be that yes, Moonlight is a magnificent portrait of masculinity in 2017's world, with broad, valuable insights on how race, sexual preference (*orientation*) and class all influence and inform one's identity. Basically a vehicle and showcase for compassion and empathy in a world seemingly…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    In light of recent events, I'm reminded of Fermi's paradox. A cynical and unsettling notion which suggests the reason we've never been contacted by extraterrestrial intelligent life is that the no civilization has survived long enough to innovate to that level. Or, in simpler terms, that the fundamental nature of intelligent life is to ultimately destroy itself. As tech and sciences progress further and further, what matters is how we allocate that technology; what leaders we elect to control it…