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You'll hunt me. You'll condemn me. Set the dogs on me. Because that's what needs to happen. Because sometimes the truth isn't good enough. Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.
If Batman Begins is Bruce learning to do what is necessary in order to inspire Gotham, The Dark Knight is Bruce directly grappling with the consequences and sacrifice of being Batman. Bruce almost has to reject his humanity in order to do the right thing in…
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Yeah, I'm convinced this is the Lawrence of Arabia of the 21st Century. Is that a bold statement? Probably, but it's pretty accurate. Also insane how this pretty much reframes Nolan's entire filmography linking each movie together in a way that gradually peels back the layers of the man revealing his soul and the fears and anxieties that keep him up at night. His fear of man's lust for dominance and arrogant pursuit of knowledge and its cycle…
Creating art is a risk, it should be fearless and dangerous. You push the boundaries of what is known and shatter the status quo. Poor Things is as much about the unrestricted freedom and impulsiveness of acting and creating art as it is a dissection of societal constructs and liberation. Poor Things is an extension of acting itself; uncovering the truth of human behavior and psychology as challenging us, nay, encouraging us to grow and progress beyond the norm. We must, or else we will remain a fucked species.
Zach has an incredible, precise knack, for creating atmosphere and evoking a mood in his horror films. What it lacks in narrative (largely due to the confines of a short...also I know his grand plans for a feature version of this), he makes up for in craft and genuinely unsettling imagery. No one, understands the importance of the editing/sound combo when it comes to films like this more than Zach and that alone puts it several rungs above your average…
Spider-Man No Way Home is the tale of 2 halves. First is everything I feared, cheap, gratuitous, nostalgia mixed w/ randomness and nonsense. Second is the quintessential Spider-Man story I’ve WANTED from Holland. Packs an emotional wallop & some of the best Spidey moments ever. Messy but satisfying.
If Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness proves one thing it’s if you hire Sam Raimi to make a movie, you better damn well have him HEAVILY involved in the writers room. MASSIVE disconnect between the script & Raimi’s creative ambitions. Simultaneously some of the best AND worst of the MCU.
When Raimi’s allowed to be goofy, mean spirited & sincere ORGANICALLY holy shit sparks fly. His vision for Strange is passionate & strong, wonderfully melodramatic & campy but good god is it…