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  • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

    Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

    ★★★

    Had to skip New Beginning because the library didn't have it (I'll find it elsewhere), but I still enjoyed Jason Lives quite a bit. It's a good blend of comedy and schlocky horror; embracing the obvious camp of this franchise with a self-aware, gently self-deprecating attitude that pays off. The title sequence is wonderful; a winking nod to Bond that immediately follows a knowingly moronic beginning to the film. Tommy Jarvis and another guy decide to dig up Jason, a…

  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★★

    Columbus has become really important to me. It's an unexpected movie to reach *that* level for me, not bearing the usual traits of a film that connects with me so deeply. But inexplicably, it has. I love how it observes two people who are each "between life", in their own specific way. Both have put their lives on hold for their families, and both are struggling with what it means to move on from that. I love that it's not…

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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…