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  • Space Cowboys

    Space Cowboys

    ★★★

    "Have you noticed how everybody seems to be dead lately?"

    Clint's ARMAGEDDON, and because he's Clint and not Michael Bay that means that instead of being hyperactive, mildly sociopathic and FX-driven this is instead very laid back, amiable and completely disinterested in the computer graphics. As a result, this might be the first space movie ever where the "getting the team together" stuff is more exciting than the actual "going into space" part. Could watch Clint, TLJ, Sutherland and Garner…

  • Hi, Mom!

    Hi, Mom!

    ★★★★

    "Do you have anything that you would like to say in summary?"

    Genuinely radical, like De Palma's scuzzy porno version of Godard but also like his Brechtian manifesto but also more piss-takey than that implies. A biting satire, a voyeuristic glimpse into a world where everything is up for grabs to be in the frame, far weirder and more experimental than most of even the New Hollywood crop would dare to dream. Final two minutes are right up there with the finales of BLOW OUT and THE FURY.

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  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★★

    "Isn't it about time somebody saved your life?"

    There have been plenty of good entries in this genre since this one, but I still don't think it's ever been topped. A pure, elegant, almost elemental meditation on sacrifice, heroism and balancing our personal desires with the needs of others. Also good god is this movie DIRECTED in a way that so few of these movies are now, with wild, go-for-broke and somehow completely functional stylistic choices, from ethereal dream sequences…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    "Ow."

    Alright, gonna structure this in bullet points because otherwise it'll dissolve into an incoherent stream of bullshit and I'd like to keep this at least somewhat structured.

    - Inside the dumb, assaultive, completely vapid belly of this movie are what I think are the two most telling scenes of JJ Abrams' entire career. The first is the scene at the beginning where Finn and Poe escape the TIE Fighters at the big glacier thing by "lightspeed skipping", jumping thru…