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  • Super Mario Bros.

    Super Mario Bros.

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    This film is a cyberpunk fever dream and I refuse to apologize for loving it. Its surprisingly cohesive worldbuilding gives this dystopic nightmare a tangible feel, full of fungus and grime and garbage. A piss-poor adaptation, sure, but as bold as any studio will ever release for a video game adaptation in our lifetimes.

  • Hellbound: Hellraiser II

    Hellbound: Hellraiser II

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    Hooptober 4.0 10/31

    While the first Hellraiser film was a fairly low scale, self-contained piece of horror, its coda and antagonists hinted at a much larger world - one that is brought about in the gruesome sequel, Hellbound. This sequel picks up right where the first left off, and though it spends an unfortunate amount of time giving us a play-by-play of the events of the first film, what it accomplishes in terms of mythic worldbuilding and gruesome body horror…

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  • Game Night

    Game Night

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    I'm usually not much for mainstream American studio comedies, but the hype around this one is well earned: not only does the great script focus on narrative and character over an easy gag, but it features some really outstanding stylish camerawork that elevates the whole thing to the next level. Bateman does his usual straight man shtick, but the rest of the cast - Plemons, Chandler, McAdams, Horgan, and Magnussen in particular - are endlessly funny. More comedies like this, please.

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

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    Rivals only Guardians 2 in terms of thematic/narrative cohesion, which makes it all the more the shame that Waititi doesn't quite have a grasp on the epic action sequences (nor Skurge's arc...but that's more a matter of personal preference and a clash with Waititi's style). Later MCU has tried to make up for Marvel uniformity with idiosyncratic directors but what that really leads to is a mash of generic Marvel and almost-great superhero subversion. To his credit, Waititi is the…

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  • Yes, God, Yes

    Yes, God, Yes

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    Everyone knows that Titanic was two VHS tapes, not one.

  • Alien

    Alien

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    Hooptober 28/31

    Film 3/3 from director Ridley Scott

    Well, this is it. I’ve been putting off this review for a while. I’ve seen it a few times since joining Letterboxd. I have a tiny little review of it that I posted early. It’s one of the few films I have rated at 5 stars, and will likely always sit in my top 4 on my profile. It is a defining film for me; not just in my tastes, but how…