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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★½

    I really struggled with what rating to give what I call "Alien Coh-veh-nant." I was very much a fan of what Scott began with the underrated Prometheus and the questions that that film raised, not just about the Alien universe/origins, but about larger questions regarding the nature of existence and the futility of man's desire to find out those answers. The film I saw Saturday feels in part like an expanse on those ideas and in part a concession to…

  • The Hill

    The Hill

    ★★★★½

    Another fantastic overlooked gem from Sidney Lumet. Believe it or not, this isn't even his only great film from 1965. (It shares that the distinction with the equally great and equally under seen The Pawnbroker)

    To me the film is primarily about authority; how authority subjectively passes back and forth between individuals based on seemingly arbitrary circumstances. It's also about how easily and quickly authority can corrupt someone and be abused. The final fleeting and abrupt images here highlight this…

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  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★½

    I'm not going to hold back on spoilers so be sure not to continue reading if you care about that.

    There are two choices in Manchester by the Sea that I think are indefensible. Number one is the way Lonergan has chosen to present the burning down of Lee Chandler's (Casey Affleck's) house. Apparently it's not enough to have a montage of kids dying, but you also have to put dissonant Kubrickian music under said montage otherwise I guess people…

  • Swiss Army Man

    Swiss Army Man

    ½

    I'm not ashamed to say I didn't pay for this. No one should have to pay for work that is this uninspired, obnoxious or worthless. If you, like I did, feel compelled to see this movie because of the "people" on your Twitter/Facebook feed who keep recommending it to you then I would suggest that you not pay for it either. There are many ways/opportunities to see movies like this for free if you seek them out. 

    I'm not going…