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  • Once Upon a Time in the West

    Once Upon a Time in the West

    ★★★★★

    From a 99 to 100/100

    Watched it alone, a major improvement from the viewing with my family, since none of them "got" it at all. Touches on every aspect of the American frontier while being badass and beautiful.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

    91/100

    Feels so brilliantly modern, this could represent the decade in the same way Space Jam captures the 90s.

  • Justice League: Gods and Monsters

    Justice League: Gods and Monsters

    ★★½

    48/100

    Falls into a typical trap for these kind of stories. A "what if" narrative needs to have something to say about the difference between these versions of classic characters and the ones we already know. Superman: Red Son is one of my favourite comic books because it understands this. The setting is straight up cool, who doesn't want to see Superman as a communist? But far more importantly, it uses this idea to challenge our perception, it asks if…

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★½

    48/100

    Well I didn't get anything out of this at all. My sisters would have been obsessed with this movie if it came out in the old days and I would have seen it an unreasonable number of times. Has all the tropes I grew to hate because of those kinds of movies.

  • Muppet Treasure Island

    Muppet Treasure Island

    ★★★★½

    Film #2 of July 2019 Scavenger Hunt
    Task #30: A film featuring swordplay

    87/100

    My nostalgia totally carries this movie but that's okay. The songs and jokes are pretty damn great still, and Tim Curry is glorious.

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  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★★

    Film #1 of July 2019 Scavenger Hunt
    Task #1: A film with a primarily red poster (Bring back the one with the mask and the stickers damnit!)

    63/100

    It might just be my aversion to teenage romance drama but I feel like everyone's going easy on this one. Felt kind of sloppy with the editing transitions and styles that kept appearing, and the writing goes out of its way to put side characters in danger as though we're supposed to…

  • Batman vs. Robin

    Batman vs. Robin

    ★★★

    64/100

    An improvement over Son of Batman cause it takes the central relationship to a natural crossroads. Though the Court of Owls are underwhelming because any secret society story that gets resolved in one movie just doesn't work.

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    ★★★

    60/100

    Fun enough monster mash even with some truly terrible story decisions. I was actually affected by a couple of the deaths

  • Good Omens

    Good Omens

    ★★★½

    Finished the last two episodes today. A frustrating show because the premise of an angel and a demon being friends and trying to stop the apocalypse is great, but we spend so much time with a bunch of other characters who have roles to play, and they aren't anywhere near as fun.

    Some comments about specific episodes

    1: The best of the show, loved everything from God's opening narration to the excessive mixups

    3: Even though I no longer believe…

  • The Death of Stalin

    The Death of Stalin

    ★★★★½

    Great companion piece to Chernobyl, since both are dealing with the same setting in entirely different ways. Tragedy and Comedy.

  • Chernobyl

    Chernobyl

    ★★★★★

    98/100

    Been watching this slowly for a couple of weeks, couldn't let my assignments interupt my appreciation of a masterpiece on this scale. It's just hard to put this absolute thing into words. At the end of the show it takes six full minutes just to follow up on all the people, and that really broke me. You get the faintest sense of the gravity of how effected so many people were out of one bad night.

  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    ★★★½

    67/100

    I can't really imagine not enjoying this. Like sure the script is mediocre and most of the acting is passable at best, but it was really refreshing to see a new cinematic world that's so realized. You can feel all the care that went into translating all these pokemon from their game sprites into something authentic.

    I'm mainly excited at all the possibilities I'm hoping they'll seize with this universe. We get little tastes of all these awesome genres that could be tackled featuring Pokemon, like a horror movie starring Ditto, a kaiju film, a gritty revenge thriller starring Cubone. Imagination is the only limit.