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  • A Quiet Place Part II

    A Quiet Place Part II

    imo videogames should emulate movies (story-wise) and not the other way around.

  • Beverly Hills Cop II

    Beverly Hills Cop II

    ★★★★

    A truly nasty, amped up, coked out misogcore classic that re-shoots literally every scene from the first film, makes it ten times better (i.e. stupider, louder, funnier) and punches it up with the kind of orange and purple sheen California b-roll you'd expect from a dude who just finished making Top Gun. It's all hyperreal 80s excess and it owns. Where the first film opens in non-descript, sun-blasted nowhere, this one has Murphy flying through a steamy, gross, irradiated version…

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★★★

    The most revelatory rewatch of 2017 for me, with the Ultimate Edition doing the lord’s work in increasing an already miraculously brisk 2.5-hour runtime by 30 minutes and bumping the rating from PG-13 to R. A completely transcendent melodrama where everything is widescreen emotion expressed in vignette, the moral and political dimensions of its titular characters distilled or exploded (take your pick) in sequences that jetset around as hyperreal money-shots, the soundtrack anchoring seemingly disparate scenes together to create a…

  • The Sky Crawlers

    The Sky Crawlers

    ★★★★★

    Kusanagi’s elaborate brass music box is the key. A hefty automaton of the world’s industrial creation, it’s a perfect representation of this alternate universe: two massive overlapping disc cylinders that compose its sobering minor-key melody, these discs pluck away in rotation at what look to be engine valves and spark plugs, belt-driven from below and moved by inter-locking gears like a transmission, the sound piped out from exhaust-style brass tubes indistinguishable from that of a trumpet’s, the object stand-in for…