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  • Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

    ★★

  • The Princess

    ★★

  • The Conformist

    ★★★★½

  • Diabolique

    ★★★★

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  • Mad God

    Mad God

    ★★★½

    Discussed on the First Watch Podcast. Listen here!

    Mad God is the repugnant result of over 30 years handcrafted animation by special effects wizard, Phil Tippett. The film itself is an immersive, if somewhat incomprehensible, dive into a disgusting and detailed animated underworld. The experience is a bit like a protracted video game cutscene, but the lack of dialogue and ample atmosphere make it mysterious and compelling. I think a pumped up score and (an even) leaner runtime would make this gnarly journey feel more explosive, but the singular grody vision is easy to admire.

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    ★★★★

    Steven Spielberg's iconic Jurassic Park is a collision of past, present and future. Honestly, that thesis is clear from the marvelous, best-of-the-form poster where you can see the ancient fossil which becomes, through modern movie magic, a source of terror-through-wonder. On both layers of the film, futuristic technologies, like cloning and computer-generated graphics, mesh with contemporary technologies, like gene sequencing and animatronics, to recreate the past, a throwback Hollywood monster mash about creatures as old as the Earth itself. Spielberg…

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  • The Princess

    The Princess

    ★★

    Tight action choreography and fight scenes (think Dark Souls x Leigh Whannell's Upgrade), but the star stinks, everything about it is basic, and the visual style is sub-DTV caliber. Fun movie to talk over with the homies and go OHHH every once in awhile cause Olga Kurylenko rips someone apart with a whip. Next time, make Ngô Thanh Vân the lead!

  • The Conformist

    The Conformist

    ★★★★½

    Sensational, thrilling, ingenious—one of the greatest films about fascism and more broadly about the limits of blind devotion to ideology. Much Italian cinema, especially throughout the 60s and 70s, is steeped in political allegory, and this takes that to the extreme while maintaining its characters' humanity. Each one represents a certain belief and reflects on the fall of Mussolini's regime in Italy and the competing forces driving Europe into the second half of the 20th century. My favorite performance and…

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  • Tomboy

    Tomboy

    ★★★★½

    JEANNE IS THE MOST PRECIOUS CREATURE ON THIS EARTH, AND I WOULD LAY MY LIFE DOWN FOR HER. MY LIFE, DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    Christopher Nolan is here to save cinema as we know it the only way he knows how, and in a way only his most fanatical devotees could love - an expensive looking, action-stuffed James Bond pastiche with funky video game mechanics. This movie has exactly two modes: ceaseless exposition and loud, convoluted setpieces, yet no matter how didactically it explains its physics to you, the mechanics never come close to making sense. It's horribly apropos that a third of the…