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  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★★

    More like HBO Maximalist, amirite?

    This is one-hundred percent the movie we don't deserve but desperately need right now. Fun, flimsy, popcorn-stuffing-in-my-face folderol. A blast, when nothing else in the world is right now.

    P.S. Tom Holkenborg, aka Junkie XL, serves up a perfectly competent, extremely modern score but I miss the muscular specificity of Bear McCreary's work or Henry Jackman's bravado. Is this nitpicking? Yeah, kinda. I'll take all the taiko drum flourishes you've got.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★½

    Even with its obvious problems and preoccupations, it is beyond satisfying to watch something so aggressively unique at such a scale. No expense spared, no thread deemed unworthy, no edit too languid, it's the most maximalist movie on Earth and that alone makes it a blast.

    The 4:3 aspect ratio is also the bravest, best decision made for this movie. The verticality, the depth of frame, the specificity all are incredible and wouldn't be there in a 2.4:1 or, heaven…

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