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  • Us

    Us

    The allegorical conception of the oppressed/oppressor is pushed in a frustratingly elusive manner, and only to the extent of provoking discussion, typical of horror movies that rely on the cult for their subsistence. The attempt at presenting class separation through the Home Invasion sub-genre à la Martyrs feels played out, and the litany of nerd references show a lack of faith in the actual product.

  • Gamer

    Gamer

    ★★★★★

    A palpably real look at the displaced and dissatisfied individual in a pre-ordained societal system that only ever really wants the same from everyone. Told through the veneer of the Quake phenomenon that, for the protagonist, is a possibility of life outside the hyper-commodified until it also inevitably gets swallowed up by the system, and the only solace left is to regress to an imagined simpler past.

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Blatantly engineered to get a younger audience interested in Spider-Man and the larger comic book culture while also throwing in meta jokes and references so the older audience doesn’t  feel completely out of the loop. Aesthetically, the movie tries to break new ground, but the hyper-kinetic indie comic aesthetic is too obnoxious and simply too jarring to be endured, particularly when coupled with the same multiverse nonsense that has become a cheap way to create narrative where there is none.

  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    Another cutesy slapstick movie from Pixar rehashing the same old tired storylines we've seen done better elsewhere while also somehow managing to shoehorn in all the "relevant" issues that make the headlines. Couldn't say I expected more, but I still harbored some hope that I was wrong.