Rewatched on an Air France flight. Laughed so hard at the nihilist ferret scene the person behind me kicked my seat. Worth it.
A Man Called Otto 2022
The primary, and maybe, lone, reason to see this is Tom Hanks’ spirited performance. One of his more inventive, which sees him burying many of his Hanksian quirks for harsher but no less engaging tools.
“Babylon” is already a misunderstood gem, in my opinion. Weirdly called a mess, even though its plotting and character arcs are tightly interwoven and classically structured (you could almost accuse it of being a tad too simple rather than chaotic).
It’s a fascinating critique of the ways the white capitalistic greed of Hollywood forced (and still forces) assimilation onto the dreams of the marginalized and then forces them to turn on each other. It spotlights who cannot live without the…
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 2023
Tonally, emotionally, visually, and politically all over the place and overwrought. It also felt emotionally manipulative, reaching for the lowest rung of heartstrings in a way that only partially felt earned. It was also 15 minutes too long, lacked a strong villain, and the mid-credit scene played as narratively incoherent to what came before.
Rocket and Drax (Dave Bautista is almost always a lock for a good performance) somewhat redeem it. But there are too many parts that I found inert.…