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  • Dragon Inn

    Dragon Inn

    ★★★½

    Splendid filmmaking, really sharp staging and blocking. Bit sleepy, largely due to informational overwhelm. Final fight in the mountains is gorgeous on blu-ray. Updated with my full review: screenanarchy.com/2018/07/blu-ray-review-king-hu-makes-sword-sharp-wuxia-in-dragon-inn.html

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★½

    Something else that’s been knocking around my head since December, that Film Crit Hulk's outstanding longform on the toxic response to THE LAST JEDI knocked loose:

    It was surely a shock for a generation of young people, who intrinsically identified with Luke Skywalker, to suddenly see “themselves” as a cranky, cynical hermit who ran away from the damage they caused the world.

    ...Because it wasn’t a shock for me, except the shock of the familiar. I don’t think I’ll ever…

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  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    ★★★★

    I've been thinking about my "tribe," which I presume isn't a good way to put that idea anymore, but I can't think of another word for it right now. I'm privileged beyond measure to never have faced any persecution for being the person that I am — part of this, of course, being that my sexual identity is more than equal to passing as acceptable; the last time someone thought I was too effeminate to be straight was in the…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★½

    Didn’t notice till this time that the prologue and the end credits are animated in the same style - myth becomes the story; the story becomes the myth. 

    Also Sterling K Brown is the best we fucking have

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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★

    If you accept that everything we know was created in history’s biggest explosion - how are you not terrified every single day of your life?

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★½

    You know when you're lying in bed with your partner, and it's morning but you're not really up yet, and you look over at his or her head and just kind of have an out-of-body experience, where you realize that there's a brain inside that skull, a brain about the size of your two fists put together, and that brain is actually EVERY SINGLE THING about this person that you know and love and hate and everything else, and you…