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  • Cinemania

    Cinemania

    (Not A Review.™)

    Long-time followers know I tend to go dark on this account frequently, usually due to illness and/or burnout. I'm going to try something a little more formal, and walk away deliberately, at least for a time. If my breaks from Twitter doomscrolling are any indication I'll probably be back sooner than I should, but I sincerely hope not.

    Tomorrow I'm letting my annual Letterboxd subscription lapse, for the first time since I joined in 2013. (Patron since…

  • Super

    Super

    Watched this to confirm my preconception that Gunn has been a one-note edgelord sadist the whole time, and yep. It's actually striking how consistent this is tonally with his later work in the genre: Crimson Bolt and Boltie could have fit into the opening of The Suicide Squad without changing a thing.

    (I know I'm in the minority on the Guardians flicks, but to grossly conflate artist and art, Gunn is Bacon's Jacques, a glib huckster with contempt for his audience, happy when people take his bullshit at face value but not really giving a fuck either way.)

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  • The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

    The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

    Billy Mitchell, 2004:

    “The worst thing that could happen would be to give somebody the credibility of a score that doesn’t deserve it. But even far worse than that would be to deny somebody the credibility when they deserved it.”

    Steve Wiebe, 2004:

    “It’s just, I mean, I know to win is like, so important. But to blatantly do things that are against the rules, and know in your heart that you didn’t do it correctly, and get credit for…

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    A soulless superhero franchise film and an inept high school comedy try to make it work for the sake of the kids; the forced smiles and underlying tension permeate every moment.

    As a super-hero movie, Homecoming is exactly the glop you’d expect from two movie studios executing two competing business plans. I knew that this movie would ultimately devolve into a blur of CGI—they all do—so I could hardly be surprised or disappointed by that. My hopes and fears were…