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  • Death Becomes Her

    Death Becomes Her

    ★★★

    59/100

    A blistering, silly piece of satire that skewers Hollywood's disdain for aging and it's general lust for glamour; Death Becomes Her is lots of fun. Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and Bruce Willis all excel in their roles; acting out this demented, disturbing love triangle grounded in the uniform desire to one up each other. This toxic mixture of jealousy and hatred follows the most extreme course possible, as eventually a potion which offers eternal youth and beauty becomes both…

  • Thor: The Dark World

    Thor: The Dark World

    ★★

    38/100

    Natalie Portman's Jane Foster is crippling the Thor franchise. She's a phenomenal actress, don't get me wrong. But my god does she not fit into this role. Chris Hemsworth and her have little to no chemistry, immediately pulling the rug from under the film from moment one. It's a shame too, because the franchise gets most of the other stuff right. Hemsworth, Hiddleston, Asgard, the Shakesperean drama and Nordic legend; the film is remarkably effective at establishing the mythical…

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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…