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  • Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge

    Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge

    ★★

    There are a number of Spider-Man elements that they've finally figure out here: wall-climbing, shooting webs, etc. Peter has some internal monologue here that brings out his anxieties, and he even suffers the consequences of his dual identities, initially losing the girl because she thinks he is a coward.

    These are big steps forward for the series in figuring out its identity and how to present Spidey on the silver screen. Unfortunately, this is the end of this series.

    But each step forward is one step closer to when Hollywood finally got the character right, as it still struggles to do.

  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★★

    I was wrong before, this isn't just a good film... it's a fucking masterpiece.

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  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★★½

    Enjoyed the film a bit more on a second watch, but I still think the 1st act is a real slog. Some of the pieces fit a bit better on this second viewing, whereas they were overwhelmed by my Easter Egg hunt during my first viewing.

    Spider-Man's arc came across more clearly this time, but it still isn't a huge leap forward from what he learned in the last film. I have to figure out how this feels independent of…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    I was fortunate to see SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE on behalf of The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog early last week, for a massive Easter Egg piece I'll be releasing in a few weeks (I found nearly 90 in the film).

    I wrote this to my Sony PR Coordinator directly after seeing it:

    "The film was a realization of this comic book lovers’ dream. I’ve always imagined seeing comics come to life on the big screen as a reflection of…