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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★

    Finally a Marvel movie interested in the fraught dialectic of internationalism and Third World nationalism. Too bad ostensible hero Chadwick Boseman is an NGO liberal and comprador while so-called villain Michael B. Jordan is the true internationalist. 3 stars

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★½

    Complete with the Fleetwoodtastic soundtrack, the finale really does achieve the apotheosis of Marvel movie as three-dimensional laser light show. They could project the final thirty minutes against the ceiling of the local planetarium and you'd be hard pressed to tell much of a difference.

    (This movie also reminded me of just how much I hate the digitally floating "Steadicam" long take as a device for covering set pieces. Just frame and edit your fucking movie, dude.)

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  • Pompeii

    Pompeii

    ★★★★★

    Before the excess of the Earth, of which all are intimately a part, we are made equal. There is a democracy of the terrestrial, and W.S. faces the catastrophic power that makes it so with great compassion and love. Pompeii is profoundly melancholic, but it defiantly refuses nihilistic despair. I was humbled by this film.

  • Nocturama

    Nocturama

    ★★★½

    The Devil, Maybe