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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★½

    absurdly poorly shot, which is a damn shame because wakanda is such a beautifully designed place, a true labor of love from poc artists; it doesn’t provide any sense of scale, doesn’t emphasize the architecture. the conflict between erik’s radicalism and t’challa’s liberalism is ripe for dramatics and has serious potential, but it’s only done with bare minimums and hastily squandered for big, generic, numbing battle sequences. this just doesnt allow enough breathing room for the aesthetic visions of poc artists nor for a thoughtful and nuanced exploration of modern poc struggles—and make no mistake, this is completely marvel’s fault.

  • The Incredibles

    The Incredibles

    ★★★★★

    this is very obviously one of the best for about a zillion reasons that many have already talked about but mostly because it's unbelievably effective at teaching visual literacy and the language of cinema to kids (i would love to teach this to a class of elementary schoolers!). i saw this in the theater in 2004 and although my memory of most things back then are hazy (i was 5 lol) i will 1000% never forget the scene with the weird black goo balls enveloping mr. incredible; the experience of seeing that totally insane cutting on the big screen is forever, and i suspect very formative.

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  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night

    tfw ur tryna make a post apocalyptic atmospheric horror tension filled chamber piece and u dish out shitty dream sequences, no interesting ways of examining the space of ur location besides a couple of decent corridor shots that u end up milking the shit out of, impressively ineffectual character development, an unbelievably overbearing and out-of-place score, zero tension between the characters until the last ten minutes (and blow it all within three), and take the idea of "the less you know the scarier" so fucking far that there's very little reason to be interested in the world that it inhabits in the first place.

  • The Big Sick

    The Big Sick

    kinda sorta very upset about this, bc while i did find several moments genuinely touching and snicker-inducing, and while im v glad that a mainstream wide release with a south asian guy as the lead exists and also did very well with audiences, im not v glad that it's at the expense of south asian women, or just south asian culture in general; so many of the woc characters in this are either completely played for laughs or just openly…