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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★★

    Recontextualizes the myth and finds humanity in it.
    Skywalker brought down to earth.

    Letting us know that our legends are real, and capable of failure, affords us the belief that we can perhaps one day reach those same heights.

    The most Lucas-ian we’ve gotten out of Disney’s Star Wars output, not only with its level of mythic storytelling, but in how brilliantly playful and experimental Johnson’s approach is. 

    The Last Jedi is the sublimation of all that is good with Star Wars, and in this day and age, it’s a flat-out miracle to receive a blockbuster this rich.

  • X2

    X2

    ★★★★

    Ups the ante from X-Men in every way.

    Singer walks a tight-rope that he’ll never be able to cross again; finding just the right midpoint between the franchise’s comic book fun and sociopolitical overtones, and (almost) perfectly balancing a sprawling set of characters.

    I can’t stress enough how great Wolverine is here, as we get to see him be both mama bear and fascist dicer. From him, everyone sort of orbits in a lesser degree — but where I found…

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  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★

    Misery porn.

    A movie so determined to disengage with its comic book DNA, it feels downright goofy the harder it tries to run from it. “Take me seriously!” it screams, as it has the nerve to throw in something as insane as cyborg mercenaries and an evil Wolverine clone.

    Even on a character level, these protagonists are so emotionally detached and stuck in the mode of brooding that it’s hard to enjoy any moment of time spent with them, or…

  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    ★★★★★

    Bless Anno for this beautiful symphony of life, death, flesh, and fluids.

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more deeply personal interrogation of anxiety and the human condition. 

    The unfathomable loneliness that comes with words unsaid and living in your head. Our desperate and ceaseless battle for self-worth — to feel like you’re not some cosmic fuck-up, a coffee stain on the otherwise immaculate tapestry of existence.

    Life won’t ever be perfect. We can’t live these narratives we consume.…