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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    I ended up seeing this twice. The set pieces are fantastic. The homages to Parisian car and motorcycle chases are wonderful. The story is uninteresting and at times buckles under its own weight. It's hard to realize that you've seen the best fireworks show you're going to see for the next decade right after you've seen it. It feels like every other fireworks show. I remember coming out of Fury Road a couple of years ago and agreeing that it…

  • How It Ends

    How It Ends

    ½

    Watched it while doing a long stationary bike ride at the gym. It was not good. But it was better than looking at the wall.

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  • Things to Come

    Things to Come

    ★★★★★

    There's a passage from Rousseau that Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert who is, perhaps next to Juliette Binoche and Maggie Cheung, the best working actress in the world) teaches to her students in the 3rd act of this film. It is a passage about desire supplanting or superseding happiness. That it is the expectation of something good happening that brings true pleasure. That it is this hope for things to come that is the source of pleasure. Not the things themselves coming…

  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★½

    More Lea Seydoux. Less everything else, please.

    Also, where did the Sam Mendes of REVOLUTIONARY ROAD and JARHEAD go? I want that guy back.