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  • Love & Friendship

    Love & Friendship

    ★★★★

    "You speak as if your brother were not wise."
    "You are the best of mothers, but Reginald has just the sort of sincere nature most vulnerable to a woman of her genius."
    "You think she's a genius?"
    "Diabolically so. Like the serpent in Eden's garden."

    ***

    For a Jane Austen adaptation that's composed entirely of scenes of:

    • primly proper posh people receiving one worrisome letter after another,
    • primly proper posh people talking and riding in carriages to and…

  • Bone Tomahawk

    Bone Tomahawk

    ★★★★½

    "Pain is how your body talks to you. You'd do well to listen to it..."

    ***

    Here's a thing I seem to have found out about myself through watching movies in 2018:

    Between the last 20 minutes of Duncan Jones's Mute, and the first 30 seconds of horror/western Bone Tomahawk, it would appear that I have a severe visceral aversionary reaction to depictions of knives sloooooowly carving into human necks.
    (It's the SOUNDS, man! It's the gasping and the gurgling…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    "My world is fire and blood."

    ***

    You've heard all the hype by now.
    Said hype has reached Breaking Bad-levels of insane acclaim.
    Which begs the question:
    Is the hype deserved?

    YES.
    YES YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES.

    30 years have passed since the last Mad Max movie.
    Many imitators and pretenders to the throne of action cinema have come and gone in those intervening decades, and with the occasional exceptions here and there (e.g. The Raid), the past decade…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    "Here's to the ones who dream / Foolish as they may seem /
    Here's to the hearts that ache / Here's to the mess we make..."

    ***

    La La Land is GREAT.

    But is it really 7 Golden Globes-winning "GREAT"?

    Or, even more especially, is it really 14 - freakin' FOURTEEN!! - Oscar-nominations "GREAT"?

    See, here's the thing:
    I'm afraid that all of this overwhelmingly monumental amount of hyperbolic hype and astounding acclaim is going to eventually negatively impact the…