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  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle


    Because I follow The Rock on Instagram I feel a quiet obligation to watch all of his movies. I’ve seen nearly all of them, and he tends to play one of three character types: a flawed father figure who must responsibly endeavor to save people from some catastrophe that mirrors the strife he experiences in his personal life (cf. Tooth Fairy, San Andreas, and the forthcoming Skyscraper appears to be something like this, too); an indefatigably moral action hero (Fast…

  • Casablanca



    The spotlights that trace the facade of Rick’s Café Américain establish a mood of surveillance, confirming that everyone is being watched, everyone is watching each other, and that we’re watching them all watch each other. All the romance, the sociable rapport, the reconciliatory confrontations, and the cynicism is strewed in this atmosphere, as though, by the end, everything has been comprehensibly illuminated, before Bogart’s selfless hero and Claude Rains’s willfully corrupt police chief re-enter the dense fog that forbids anything from further being seen.

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  • Annihilation



    For the first third or so this is ominous and self-serious in the tradition characteristic of all cerebral sci-fi movies, which permits a precariously narrow margin of error. So when a line of dialogue is delivered amusingly, or the appearance of a CGI creature isn’t convincingly material enough, the laughter that follows is concentrated because it’s been stifled for the time leading up to it—because up until this moment you don’t know if it’s going to fall on the side…

  • The Big Short

    The Big Short


    The film’s regular fourth wall transgressions that intend to demystify credit bubbles and CDOs or whatever else didn’t quite clarify exactly what’s going on for me, but nevertheless this is a film that’s transparently cognizant of the viewer’s level of interest, checking in every now in then in case one of us is nodding off. It’s this tactic that I really admire, and a film that purposefully solicits participation because McKay & Co. intend to educate under the guise of entertainment,…