Tyler

Catch on fire and others will come watch you burn.

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  • Blue Velvet
  • Antichrist
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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    ★★★½

  • 1941

    ★★½

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    ★★★★½

  • The Kingdom: Exodus

    ★★★★★

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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★★★

    Alien: Covenant is the sum of Ridley Scott’s career. 

    In Prometheus, it is made clear in the opening sequence on the titular ship that this series has shifted its perspective to being about the link between androids and humans and the abyss of the stars. The question of artificial intelligence is the question of consciousness itself. As Blade Runner begins with a shot of an eye taking in the fiery Los Angeles skyline, so too does Covenant begin with an…

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

    Epic heroes, from Achilles to Odysseus, Aeneas to even Beowulf, are often capable of making choices in light of, not in spite of, their fate. The epic genre so often conveys an initiating story of impossible choice. For the epic hero, the choice is usually between fame and honor in battle or obscurity and peace at home, and this is almost always played out against the relentless backdrop of man’s primal state, war. This sense of being trapped within the…

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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    ★★★½

    Growing pains. The many quests of young adulthood — taming chaotic dragons and saving your peers from the boggy depths — are such an integral part of this entry’s plot, it’s almost like the series briefly forgot that it already did those things better in Chamber of Secrets. Each challenge of the Triwizard Cup becomes but a plodding recapitulation of growth that has already occurred. Functionally, these padded sequences weigh down the otherwise trivial, but necessary, development between our trio…

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    ★★★★½

    Mischief managed. We don’t see the world — we perceive the functions of the world around us through the scratched lens of our own limitations. This lens through which we’re stuck looking lays out a map that we must navigate. It’s within that map that we attempt to achieve some semblance of heroic individuation. But this takes work and oftentimes we’re wrong. We’re wrong because we might not know where we’re going yet, or where we even are, and we’re…

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  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

    ★★★★★

    Metaconciousness is transposed here as something both deeply malevolent and elysian, purported as some sort of bicameral bliss of terror, worthy of worship, and yet devastated by selfhood and experience. If we consider America our own private tulpa, then I suppose Missouri is precisely dead center mass where the beating heart of the country would lie — beating, though? More like a decayed, black pearl defunct and still. So, it makes sense that we set our sights on Missouri here,…

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★★

    Salvation is just around the corner. You know, I would have been totally cool with a whole movie about a logger and his artist girlfriend living out the metalhead life in a synth-soaked starry wood, but getting a vodka-fueled, coke-addled Rage Cage Bonanza where the arbitrary tragedy and inherent suffering of the world manifest in the form of ghoulish demon bikers who can only be battled with a freshly forged battle ax and chainsaw… that’s cool, too.