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  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    ★★★★★

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

    the battle where Yoda, alone, is literally clinging to the seats of the Republic Senate; Palpatine lifting them and wielding them as weapons, both still using the same Force(s) that ‘upheld the democracy’ even after they’ve ushered in it’s collapse >>>

    still Lucas’ masterpiece

  • Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Film

    Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Film

    Watching Kanye pull a ‘George Lucas’ on Street Lights, altering it into a track extolling his faith for finally getting him to his ‘destination’, was one of the most bitter moments in going through this new album/film pairing for me. It’s a moment with so much potential for faithful power: Kanye revisiting a masterwork made in a time of intense pain and questioning, now in a newer, more hopeful context. But what Kanye’s gained in reaching Street Lights’ destination is…

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  • The Devil's Rejects

    The Devil's Rejects

    ★★★★½

    Leave it to Rob Zombie to give us a manic, gory cop revenge movie that treats its protagonist like the serial killer he’s built to be. If 1000 Corpses is a deep-dive into America’s working class fetishization in spite of the actual American dream of wealth, Rejects shows us the violent resolution of this hypocrisy. The colorful, dizzying escape of the circus ends with a step back into a harsh reality.

    The family at the center of these films live in a world seemingly of…

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

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

    Alex Garland didn’t care to write characters, so should I care enough to write a review? Either way:

    I’m tempted to say that it really shows that this is based on a novel, but in actuality, this feels more like an essay based on the SparkNotes; a thematic mission statement stretched out over two hours of rigidly functional dialogue and clumsy visual symbolism. Garland’s script is less harmful in the things it has to say about loss of identity than…