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  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★★★

    the Showa era is back in a BIG way, baby, and i am ALL FOR IT.

    in my review for Ghidorah, Three-Headed Monster, i talk about how the perfect Showa-era Goji formula is "barely serviceable characters plodding along and conveying an entertaining but barely serviceable plot, a collective vehicle to deliver one thing and one thing only: destructive, colorfully-characterized, Fun (with a capital F!) monster carnage.", and this movie is exactly that.

    ever since the Monsterverse started i've been waiting…

  • Monster

    Monster

    ★★★★

    this show seamlessly operates on a multitude of levels, selling to us a familiar world that reeks of societal rot.

    foremost, Monster is an absolute masterclass of character study. every single character introduced onscreen has untold depths and realistic flaws that are explored in an engaging almost operatic manner. it's that juxtaposition of grounded realism and execution/presentation in an operatic vein that makes the show compelling.

    the atmosphere only adds to the gripping intricacies of Monster's labyrinthine webwork of connective character arcs…

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  • Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler

    Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler

    ★★★★

    at first glance, its sprawling 4.5 hour runtime looks daunting as fuck, but when you consider that the story itself is broken up into 13 acts, you can easily consume this like a show or miniseries (or binge it in two sittings like i did).

    right from the getgo there's a mischievous thrill watching the titular character of Mabuse execute his 4th dimensional chess plans. the concept of a character whose influence is far-reaching yet his presence invisible/impossible to pin…

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★

    Mortal Kombat as a franchise is always intrinsically accommodating the decade surrounding it.

    the first two live action films are the peak embodiment of the 90s, from the blare of their techno to the endearing shoddiness of their CGI, to the misty warmth of their multi-colored sets- the games themselves also further reflect this endearingly-dated approach to the franchise, with each subsequent entry (particularly the music) accommodating the trends of games around them.

    it's just unfortunate that Mortal Kombat (2021)…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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

    vile and soulless, this film is a spit on the face to just about fucking everyone.

    it's less of a film than it is a saccharine, fake corporate apology, a desperate attempt to hold onto any remaining unalienated fans from abandoning ship.

    and by God, it's absolutely pathetic.

    yes, the film sloppily retcons thematic developments introduced in TLJ, while yes, also conveniently wraps up all of JJ's mystery box elements in 7 through a series of long and utterly boring…

  • Halloween II

    Halloween II

    ★★★★★

    unrated director's cut.

    Halloween II is a revelation, not just an auteristic exercise that's different from any Halloween film before it, it's the culmination of the ENTIRE franchise, taking elements from EVERY film before it.

    it's a harrowing deep dive into the psyche of broken people, people worn away by cruelty, abuse, violence, and evil, wearing them down to become worse than the nightmares that so haunt them. this film is a completely unhinged, grotesque exploration of the darkest corners…