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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

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    The virtues and drawbacks of stoicism told in totally ambient and somber emotional landscapes (spacescapes?). Ad Astra is a impressively structured call for people to feel more freely and to lean on eachother. You don’t have to be strong all on your own.

  • Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

    Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle

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    Doubles down on the pop-spy aesthetics of the previous entry to make a Looney Tunes adjacent kind of wire-fu unreality. Characters are able to jump twenty feet in the air, free fall into the seats of any vehicle perfectly, and totally demolish the suspension of disbelief to the point where every action scene is made into a comedic one by virtue of the effects. Oddly enough, if so many of the jokes and references weren’t so groan worthy, then this artifice would work in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle’s favor and make it a messy, goofy, and affable comedy.

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  • Color Out of Space

    Color Out of Space

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    A schlock tour-de-force that challenges your gag reflex with a menagerie of grotesqueries. Even though most of the CGI is spotty, the practical effects are inspired and horrifying and the sound design is so effectively overbearing it is nauseating. What with some of the creature designs, the pink color palette, and the humor being mostly intentional, Color Out of Space feels like a throwback to some of the great gonzo horror films of the 80s and early 90s.

    Also, Nicolas Cage said that his performance draws from the same well as Vampire’s Kiss

  • Rashomon

    Rashomon

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    My life will be defined by pre-Rashomon and post-Rashomon.