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  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • 1900
  • The Fall of the Roman Empire
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  • Oblivion

    ★★★½

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★

  • Pleasure

    ★★½

  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    ★★★

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  • Oblivion

    Oblivion

    ★★★½

    Kosinski has something of James Cameron’s instinct for blunt simplicity and a structure that makes a genre fan feel rewarded for watching. This movie knows none of its ideas, images, twists, or vibes are original. It has the strange air of a B-movie evolved into “not a B-movie” by the presence of its star. It’s easy to picture what it would look and feel like on an 8th of the budget (perhaps with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in the lead role). That’s…

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★

    The absence of style ultimately becomes a kind of style unto itself, so there can really be no such thing as an aesthetic-less movie. But there’s times when this one comes pretty close. Kosinski’s vibe feels closer to late Clint Eastwood than to either Tony Scott or Christopher McQuarrie, which is good. The dramatic beats of the action are well timed and realized, and there’s a bit of a Sci-Fi flavor to a lot of it, like Oblivion. Like Creed…

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    X

    ½

    The movie puts beautiful women on display, one moment with an alligator shows potential, and that’s where its virtues end. As actresses, the women are utterly wasted. Has the most immature and contemptible attitude toward old people that I think I’ve ever seen in a movie. The visual schematic is the same static non-entity we’ve already seen from A24 a thousand times. Ti West flubs almost every single one of his big genre moments. The kills don’t land, the shocks…

  • The Avengers

    The Avengers

    ½

    There have incidentally been a number of great and very good films in the past 9 years and I hope there are more in the years to come. Nonetheless, watching this in a theater in May 2012 felt like the true death of cinema, and I’ve never been able to shake that feeling off. Not any of the mostly unwatchable subsequent MCU entries by such worthy hacks as James Gunn, Taika Waititi, or the Russos have filled me with the…