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  • Swimming with Sharks

    Swimming with Sharks

    ★★

    One of those movies that isn't nearly as clever as it fancies itself.

    Kevin Spacey is fun to watch in an easy role as The Asshole, but the tiny bit of complexity or depth they tack on to his character at the end doesn't change the fact that he plays a thin, easy character, though he certainly plays him well.

    Frank Whaley, meanwhile, is not good here. I don't know what people are watching, but his performance is ABC-Family daytime…

  • Tokyo Drifter

    Tokyo Drifter

    ★★★★

    Uh-huh. That's my shit.

    Tokyo Drifter. Dope title. Doper look.

    Neon lights beckon. Our hero loner walks through the snow, singing his song of solitude.

    It's a relatively convoluted (and mostly unimportant) plot with a more-or-less invincible protagonist. Reality takes a backseat to visual splendor.

    The usage of color, from the set design to the costumes to literal selective colorization and intentional over-exposure, is fantastic.

    The French-New-Wave-loan editing and unique, floating and darting camera movements accentuate the style and elevate…

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

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

    That was the least interesting superhero movie I've ever seen.

    Not the worst, mind you. Maybe the second worst. But at least Catwoman runs under two hours and offers so-bad-it's-good entertainment.

    Infinity War is a bloated piece of empty, corporate garbage.

    This movie takes TWO AND A HALF HOURS to tell a story that could've been done in 80 minutes.

    The worst part is that roughly 75% of this is characters standing around talking to each other about what just…

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★

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

    I don't think this is necessarily an outright bad film, but what the fuck is the point here?

    Is the point that war is hell? If so, this is obvious to everyone already. Films like Saving Private Ryan or We Were Soldiers depict the visual atrocity and gut-wrenching fear, pain, and confusion of soldiers much more viscerally and accurately. This is a bleached, PG-13 affair that seems content to shy away from the blood, the burning corpses, and the horrifically…