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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ½

    I thought about what makes this movie, and others in the series, so distinctly marvel, and the ways in which they differ in their construction from movies of a discernibly higher caliber, and in a way, I think it comes down to one keyword: functionality. These movies are mainly characterized by a devotion to narrative (in the plainest sense of the word) over everything else; loud, mind-numbing entertainment and shallow spectacle are designed to take precedence over aesthetics, feeling, composition,…

  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

    ½

    So oppressively dull I almost fell asleep. Kaufman has no idea how to write believable, well-rounded characters or even infusing them with the faintest sense of humanity, so he decides to fill the runtime with self-referential gimmicks, doppelgangers and overblown, fake deep statements on Life and Death. I could see potential for this kind of material being made into intelligent, effective self-inquiry in the hands of a better filmmaker, but here it just comes off as a (yet another) self-congratulatory…