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  • Dinosaur

    Dinosaur

    Opens with the total existential annihilation of home and the comfortability of present existence; nature sheds lushness for hellscapes and cracked earth. This is bleak, with only tiny hope fragments countering absolute collapse—Social Darwinism is barely blotted out by kindness; strength is confirmed by being strong but by guiding the vulnerable.

    This feels like one Disney's most under appreciated films, not only for its thematic courage, but for its push into future technology. For better or worse, this represents an…

  • Ma

    Ma

    Working with middle schoolers, I often need to remind myself that emotional infarctions-no matter how tiny they may externally appear-can wreak havoc on someone's totality. I exist in that bizarre in-between of assuring life will progress while also helping to clear present wounds that always appear (and may even be) disastrous; and if those aches are left to rot, they can warp a life.

    There's something very sad here. About small towns refusing to untether themselves and how harsh memories…

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  • Glass

    Glass

    A pure synthesis of Shyamalan's formal, thematic, and emotional style—a trilogy bow and a career crescendo; anger and compassion in a perfect helix, crisscrossed into jagged catharsis. Shyamalan is an auteur of overflowing empathy and immaculate craft, and Glass is a heart beating with the passion of destined purpose. This film is reflexive and revolutionary—a self-affirmation and a rallying beacon for we the discarded.

    Uses comic mythology as confirmation that superhumanity exists in kindness and community, that the broken are…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    Five years ago, as I walked out of Prometheus, my imagination was ablaze with the possible trajectories the sequel would go as David and Elizabeth’s journey to their creators continued. That film, while certainly dreary, had a streak of optimism in discovery that high school Austin expected to continue. I was totally unprepared for Ridley Scott to submerge my soul into an inescapable hell.

    Alien: Covenant is unrelentingly nihilistic in its philosophy, seemingly suggesting that humanity is a disgusting species…