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  • El Paso

    El Paso

    ★★★

    Before watching Lewis R. Foster’s 1949 Western El Paso, I probably couldn’t have described to you, off the top of my head, what Cinecolor was. But within a few seconds of the opening scene, I could have told you confidently that it was a two-color process. Even before the movie heads out to the dusty west, the teal and orange palette is unmistakable. Well after the two-strip heyday, Westerns still found use for it, given the genre’s dearth of verdant foliage and the process’s inability to render a natural shade of green...

    Read the full review at Battleship Pretension:
    battleshippretension.com/home-video-hovel-el-paso-by-david-bax/

  • Girl

    Girl

    ★½

    It’s kind of beside the point whether or not Victor Polster is good in the lead role of Lukas Dhont’s Girl. In fact, in this case, a good performance may not even be epistemologically possible. The transgender community has not been unclear about the casting of cisgender actors in transgender roles. The message has been sent and, by now, the practice is, frankly, unacceptable. So, from the jump, I was curious how, if I liked it, I would defend a…

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★

    Made me wish I was never really there.

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★★

    It’s starting to seem like the Marvel Cinematic Universe is just an excuse to perfect that time-reversing face CGI thing used to restore veteran movie stars to their youthful glory. In the latest installment, we get not one, not two but three Hollywood legends briefly appearing like they haven’t in years: Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne. The dream of the 90s is alive in Ant-Man and the Wasp. But that’s just one of the tricks director Peyton Reed has up his sleeve in this sequel that’s bigger, more inventive, funnier and more fun than its predecessor...

    Read the full review at Battleship Pretension:
    battleshippretension.com/ant-man-and-the-wasp-bigger-and-better-by-david-bax/