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  • RoboCop

    RoboCop

    [director’s cut]

    by far the most affecting image here, for me, was the wide shot after kinney’s death, cloaked in silence, lingering on dozens of simultaneous emotions & nonsensical reactions in the face of absurdity. verhoeven insists on that sequence as black comedy. fair enough; kinney was an executive, and so’s everyone else left alive in that room. but i can’t read murphy’s emotional arc as similarly arch. with every step along his recovery i couldn’t help but think: he’s still…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★½

    wish mcquarrie had realised how much he was making puella magi madoka magica but with transcendence subbed out for immanence

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    i don’t like being contrarian. i mean, i love championing underappreciated films, but slamming something this immediately beloved feels awful and cynical in a way i never want to be. and i wanted so much to love this. but to me, it feels like this year’s world of tomorrow: a universally-acclaimed 101-level (and at times completely false) treatment of certain scientific ideas in service of a startlingly reactionary message. i really understand your potential objections to this characterisation, because i…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★½

    so imagine demy (but, like, only an okay version) directed detention (but, like, only an okay version) and sprinkled on its four corners the blood of badlands (but, like, only an okay version) and wrapped the whole thing up in the hide of bojack horseman (but, like, only an okay version). i adore musicals with all my heart & mind & soul & strength so please know it is with a heavy heart (& mind etc.) i must announce: this is aggressively mediocre.…