Mike Pietropollo

Movie moron. Blockbuster apologist. Escapism advocate.

Favorite films

  • Spider-Man 2
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Matrix
  • Dune

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  • The Book of Boba Fett

    ★★½

  • The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

    ★★★

  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    ★★★★

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  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★½

    I kinda buy into the whole "MCU movies are like fast food" thing. It's just that, some are a delectable Cheesy Gordita Crunch at 2AM, and others are a questionable 20 pc nugget at 12:30 in the afternoon on a day when the McFlurry machine is broken.

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★★

    A black metal album come to life. Just a relentless assault of war drums, gutteral screams, barbarism, decapitation, flames, guts, pain, blood, and rage. About as primal as you could imagine but also painterly and elegant and otherworldly. The definition of an epic. Robert Eggers has ARRIVED.

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  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★

    A long, fittingly somber and emotional cap to an amazing run for the Craig era of Bond. I have next to no context for this, as I've barely seen any other Bond media, but I found the treatment of the main character throughout these movies to be the most consistent thread, and this one is no exception.

    It somehow builds on the franchise's slow march to its generational death with another clear statement about what it means to be a…

  • The Godfather

    The Godfather

    ★★★★★

    Sorry it took me this long Dad