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  • The Predator

    The Predator

    ★½

    The cheesy opening of the Predator made me think it was gonna turn out to be a classic 80s fake out where we were just watching someone watch a -grade movie or video game but then it turned out not be a fake out and we were really just watching that z-grade movie cross video game.

    My editor sense makes me feel that someone really put the axe to this and cut out 15-20 minutes then used bog fill and…

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★½

    I had a good time, which is genuinely all I really ask from an MCU film. 

    My usual criticism of Marvel film’s is that they pull their punches. Here, I wish they had. Namely, they shouldn’t have (minor spoiler) made the Vulture a killer. Because he’s right: Iron Man was and still is an arms dealer and he, too, scavenges alien technology for personal profit rather than for the good of the whole. (Ultimately Stark is very much a trickle…

  • Widows

    Widows

    ★★★★½

    “A gun is a girl’s best friend”.

    As much about the plot as Heat is; which is to say, not much. Unlike Heat, however, it is less concerned with character per se than it’s theme: the collateral damage of toxic masculinity.

  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★★

    A jukebox of different 70s (and 70s influenced) thrillers grounded in some genuine emotion and thematic coherence. Some impressive filmmaking that isn’t quite the sum of its parts... cause it slightly drags.

  • Zombieland

    Zombieland

    ★★★

    perfect late night viewing. I appreciate the swift 86 minutes.

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Retrospectively it made INFINITY WAR a better movie by showing *that* film to be about the hubris of the Avengers, and this film about dealing with failure.

    Except they didn't fail. And the film kinda sorta really >> fast fwd >>'d through the grief of the Avengers (and the world) to get them onto their time heist. I could’ve done with more Dourvengers.

    That perhaps says more about my taste than the ambition of the film. But that's fine.

    PS: Still…

  • Hot Rod

    Hot Rod

    ★★½

    The whole thing was like a four seasons pizza. You know those ones that are like four quarters of different toppings? Like maybe there's a good bite here and there but it all kind of just gets inconsistent in terms of texture and the ingredients blend together on the edge and you would've been better ordering four different pizzas and just eating the left overs for breakfast and lunch and pretty sure this will be my Letterboxd review.

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★½

    This got an extra half star for quoting the Buffy S7 finale. I miss Buffy. 

    But also I enjoyed this a lot. I have nothing further to add at this time except the “irony” of playing an army recruitment ad in front of this film was lost in me cause it’s not really irony. This is still a recruitment ad.

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    That Wade and Samantha are so attractive demonstrates how this adaptation misses so much of the point of the book. Well, okay, that's a generous description of the book, but at least the book vaguely addresses some more interesting/darker areas of internet subculture.

    This film tries to have it's cake and eat it too. e.g. The High5 group CLOSE DOWN THE INTERNET ON TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK IS THAT? Oh, that's Spielberg the 70 year old Dad finger waving at his audience.

    But the visual inventiveness is fantastic and the set pieces are wild.

  • Tag

    Tag

    ★★

    the banter falls flat with an unnecessary emphasis on toilet humour (which I'm not above but it's unnecessary here). which is a shame because there is some genuinely hilarious scenes surrounded by turkeys. thankfully it sticks it's landing and the ending is quite touching.

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★★★★

    I want this to be a franchise.

    On the rewatch, not having to closely follow the plot made me sit back and appreciate the characters and the comedy more.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★★★½

    Michelle Yeoh Forever.