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  • Blackhat

    Blackhat

    ★★★★★

    Rules hard that Mann was inspired to make this after hearing about the U.S.'s use of Stuxnet in its cyber-attacks on Iran, and crafted the film around having its "villain" and the government agencies portrayed be essentially awful, callous mirrors of one another. Truly a film in which every image is a theory on the existence and survival of all that is deemed or otherwise becoming "sub-symbolic stuff".

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    ★★★★★

    "I've been becoming a problem to myself."

    "I was only twenty years old then, I couldn't see how it looked to people."

    On the hiddenness of self, transmission of identity in reflection, and ineffability of lessons undergone before their maturation.

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  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★½

    The existence of Justice League, in the form that the world has seen it, cannot be understood without the reaction to Batman v Superman (BvS) as context. At the heart of this reaction lies Armond White’s basically correct diagnoisis that the “culture has lost appreciation for the true aesthetics of cinema”. He further develops his point by arguing that this is a condition that has been preyed upon by artless studios to the point that those to whom a film…

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★½

    Thankful for the casting of Daniel Craig as an obvious director surrogate who is forever clarifying the moral landscape of this extraordinarily uncomplicated film—in which everything thought, said, and done is exactly what any progressive-liberal would want thought, said, and done by the people who should think, say, and do them—by repeatedly declaring which of the cast of characters is a "good" or "bad" person and enumerating what they do or do not deserve on that basis. The film is…