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  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★½

    chapter 2 sold me on this series by positing wick doomed, or at least apparently on the path to such, not by impersonal, unflinching destiny but through his excruciatingly-coerced responses to the very specific social relations and material conditions in which he was immersed. (honour codes & trained assassins are both horrifyingly persuasive.) that is to say: the destiny of greek tragedy is an irresistible force. the social relations of chapter 2—of our lives—are not. so when wick in parabellum met…

  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★

    boys don’t cry and the crying game get back-to-back name-drops and they’re not in service of the sort of joke you might expect!! not even as a faked-out expectation!!! progress!!!!

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★½

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

    i don’t like being contrarian. i mean, i love championing underappreciated films, but slamming something this immediately beloved feels awful and cynical in a way i never want to be. and i wanted so much to love this. but to me, it feels like this year’s world of tomorrow: a universally-acclaimed 101-level (and at times completely false) treatment of certain scientific ideas in service of a startlingly reactionary message. i really understand your potential objections to this characterisation, because i…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★½

    so imagine demy (but, like, only an okay version) directed detention (but, like, only an okay version) and sprinkled on its four corners the blood of badlands (but, like, only an okay version) and wrapped the whole thing up in the hide of bojack horseman (but, like, only an okay version). i adore musicals with all my heart & mind & soul & strength so please know it is with a heavy heart (& mind etc.) i must announce: this is aggressively mediocre.…