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  • Power Rangers

    Power Rangers

    A fierce exercise in mediocrity - Power Rangers is what happens when half measures are the only option you give yourself access to in the studio system. What transpires here is nothing short of tiresome - the grotesque CGI, the dialogue that aims to grab teens of now, and nods to grab the Power Rangers fans of the 90s who simply have no standards. When the film is good, it almost feels effortless. Most of the character building in early…

  • Rakka

    Rakka

    ★★★

    Probably the most disturbing short film I've seen since The Second Renaissance Pts 1&2. This doesn't go nearly as in depth with its themes, keeping to a more episodic setup for things to come. I'm also still not quite convinced that Neill Blomkamp isn't a hack who got VERY lucky. Interested to see more.

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    Go figure - I like a Star Wars movie. We live in an interesting time where our expectations for a franchise built on the success of a single film back in the 70s hinge on the very same cultural phenomenon. Filmmaking has certainly changed in the last 40 years, and Star Wars has changed with it. For all the stunted idol worship we've given the series, it still manages to produce exciting and adventurous films. Yeah, some of the best…

  • The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars

    ★★★½

    Review from the Louisiana International Film Festival premiere

    Damn me for liking this movie. The first 25 minutes tried REALLY hard to get me to walk out, but by that point I realized that the story was actually doing a good job of... being a story. And the characters were well-rounded. And the romance wasn't contrived. And it was (mostly) uphill from there. I'm genuinely happy that this film was a literal surprise (this was a secret screening held under lock and key until the moment it ran onscreen) and that I was not expecting to see it.