No Wright, Still Alright

In the belly of a hollowed-out volcano, maniacally laughing and rubbing their hands together in a way only villains are wont to do, WB/DC executives had to be overjoyed when writer/director Edgar Wright left Ant-Man just as production was starting. Finally! A Marvel Studios misstep! “Soon,” they must have thought, “very soon, the world will […]

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Son Shines

Like death, taxes and CBS creating another spectacularly unfunny comedy, reboots are an inevitable part of life now. To resist them isn’t merely tilting at windmills, it’s tilting at windmills you then go ahead and buy anyway. Instead, let’s just get writer/director Ryan Coogler to do all the reboots. All of them. I want him […]

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Killing Expectations

How are we lucky enough to get Mad Max: Fury Road and The Assassin in the same year? Like Fury Road, Hou Hsiou-hsien’s new arthouse action flick is stunningly cinematic, wholly engrossing and utterly badass. Also like Fury Road, it’s a film with a warrior heroine who will inspire an entire generation of cos-players. Unlike […]

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The Core of Apple’s Man

Apparently, writer Aaron Sorkin has decided that his “thing” is making fascinating films out of seemingly unfilmable, boring-ass ideas. I don’t have an iPhone. I don’t like Apple. I don’t like Steve Jobs. I don’t care about Steve Jobs. I didn’t care to ever see a movie about Steve Jobs. Actually, it kind of pissed […]

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Indonesia Amnesia

As soon as I finished The Act of Killing, director Joshua Oppenheimer’s stunning documentary about an Indonesian genocide, I had but one thought: Sequel! I mean, the franchise possibilities for a soul-crushing look into the horrors of which humanity is capable is just through the roof, am I right?! Admittedly, news that Oppenheimer would be […]

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Men Ruin Everything

I don’t want to review Mad Max: Fury Road. I want to write love letters to it or draw it like one of those French girls. If I could find the right keystroke combination, this review would just be one long onomatopoetic recreation of the feral roar of approval bellowed from deep within my bosom […]

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ILY IMF

At some point, Mission Impossible and the 007 series “freaky Fridayed.” Bond moved from implausible ridiculousness to slightly-more-grounded cloak-and-daggerism, whereas Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is now climbing into airplanes by holding on to a door handle while it takes off. There’s room for both types of espionage spectacles, and Mission Impossible has found its place […]

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A Siren’s Dirge

Amy is a hard film to shake off. It is nothing but dread, tragedy and cruelty. Although it is absolutely a masterpiece I will contemplate for years, I dare not watch it ever again. Director Asif Kapadia’s new documentary explores the career of British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse, until her death by alcohol poisoning at the […]

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