Havoc in the Spider-Verse. Five years after its predecessor exploded onto the scene, Across the Spider-Verse is like the (somewhat overly) ambitious follow-up album that expands upon every idea, central character beat, visualization, and allusive reference point to the extreme. If Into the Spider-Verse is the first true comic book movie, this is the first post-comic book movie, like speed reading Vol. 1 of the Miles Morales omnibus to an Otoboke Beaver album. But in addition to the pastel paint…
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2018
Shut up and turn it up.
A paint-splattered mixtape of Marvel's greatest hits, chopped and screwed with the B-sides and the one-off gimmicks. It's a vibrant collision of our greatest superhero/es with their plentiful adaptations and iterations. The inspiration points here are strewn across decades of movies, video games, and most especially cartoons. Not only does it level up the panels-within-panels, dynamic action, visual gags, making it the first and so far only comic book movie, but it digs deep…
Shin Kamen Rider 2023
Can you feel the wind, Hongo?
What does a hero save us from? It's a question you might ask if you were, say, an idealistic but dumb mad scientist in a movie like Shin Kamen Rider, although hopefully sometime before you spend your whole career engineering them. "Bad guys," would make a pretty good answer, but here, all the nasties are a clear mirror image to the virtuous bug-eyed savior. They're all experiments gone awry, trying in vain to achieve…
Finding Nemo 2003
One of Pixar's very finest, and for years my favorite of that entire fabled canon. Finding Nemo is like the studio's 21st century update on Bambi, a boldly colorful technical knockout that blends nature documentary detail with saturated cartoon fantasy to tremendous ends. It's a sharper drama about fatherhood than anything ever cooked up at Disney, and really it would go toe-to-toe with most adult dramas with similar themes about learning to let go. That it is a brisk, hilarious…
The Living End 1992
✔️ Be gay
✔️ Do crimes
✔️ Go into severe depression for two weeks when Echo and the Bunnymen break up
Gregg Araki movies make me swoon. Existentialism has never been steamier, nor more seething. A blistering, essential piece of 90s New Queer Cinema.