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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The Hero is Us

    When I was eleven and saw young, innocent, naive Luke Skywalker blow up the Death Star, it gave me hope that I, even as just one person, could conquer what this huge scary world would throw against me. If I could get a ride on the Millennium Falcon (my parents’ car) and with a little help from my friends, I didn’t have to be afraid of the future.

    Now that I’m fifty-one, the world is much…

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Note: I have a more stream-of-consciousness YouTube review of Logan here: youtu.be/3aHF3ZgCzfw


    No Cheese, Please


    I'd been trying to figure out why I think Logan is a brilliant movie and for a few days I couldn't put my finger on it, until I saw it a second time.

    Answer: it doesn't have cheese.

    The movie treats itself not as a movie made up of people with "amazing" superpowers, but more as a straightforward western-style thriller, with characters that regular people…

  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    ½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Warning: here there be spoilers.

    It is assumed that filmmakers like movies. It is assumed that, in their path to making themselves better filmmakers, they watch as many movies as possible. It is assumed that they learn from the great movies they watch, and they apply those techniques to the movies that they create.

    Watching Suicide Squad makes me wonder if its director, writers and producers have watched many movies, especially action movies. Like James Cameron’s Aliens. Or The Rundown…

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    “A thing isn’t beautiful because it lasts.”

    This line was spoken near the end of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it’s stuck with me long after the movie ended. It is, I think, the central theme of it all, perfectly describing the human race, it’s/our imperfections, our constant search for trying to make things better, trying to make things perfect, and never ever getting there.

    If you look at it a certain way, it’s tragic because it’s inescapable. But…