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|88 T9||Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017) - Apr 06, 2018
"A fun, powerful movie with some structural oddity. The Resistance's losses go too long and steal some of the triumph of survival, Rose and Finn’s side journey doesn’t fit with what’s around it... these are minor complaints. The important parts are Good. TFA's characters push forward on their personal journeys; new ideas hop in to enrich the world; and Star Wars gets interrogated, in a way that honors the ideals behind it. I love Rey and Finn and Poe and Rose and Luke and Leia. Good shit."
|56 T4||The Spirit of Christmas (2015) - Apr 01, 2018
"Not a *bad* movie, with some really interesting ideas buried in it. There's a neat spin on the paranormal romance, where the supernatural man is as confused by his situation as the normals. The female lead is willing to reject dudes for not being up to her standards. There's other nice little tweaks. But everything that isn't a Good Bit is *so* very formula. If you enjoy this kind of romance, watch this and you'll have an unremarkable but enjoyable time. If the formula isn't your thing, skip it."
|48 T3||Practical Magic (1998) - Mar 24, 2018
"Practical Magic feels like it was stitched together with scraps of other movies. The story hops from one subject to another - is it about how the curse affects their family, or realizing that your parents had their upsides, or that there isn't going to be only one True Love in your life, or being rejected by your community, or...? But the last 20 minutes actually come together; it's fun and silly and just what I'd want in a story about modern witches. If only they'd worked backward from there."
|57 T4||Death Race 2050 (2017) - Mar 22, 2018
"Death Race 2000 was a cheesy action comedy with a core of social commentary; not super radical, but focused on satirizing the media's manipulativeness. 2050 doesn't have that focus, or that core; its ethos is "well we have to change *something*", paired with an unwillingness to say that the media or the people in power need to change more than anyone else. It has thoughtful moments and moments of focused satire-- but buried in a script that would prefer not to stick its neck *too* far out."
|94 T10||Black Panther (2018) - Mar 18, 2018
"This is a shining example of what the entire genre of superheroes - not just superhero movies, but in all media - should be; a story of good versus evil where the evil is awfulness that we've inherited in the world, and the good is the difficult, complicated, but necessary steps past simply maintaining our comfort and into making the world actively *better*. (Also: I love Shuri and she is the best, fight me.)"
|50 T3||The Christmas That Almost Wasn't (1966) - Dec 27, 2017
"This isn't a good movie - it's something that looks like it was pretty cheap and low-effort to begin with slapped with a cheap and low-effort dub. But it's got some interesting ideas buried in it. The idea of a ton of children each giving back a little of themselves to save Santa is compelling."
|91 T10||Moana (2016) - Nov 19, 2017
"Watching this movie made me happy. It starts off with a fairly standard Disney story skeleton, but oh my goodness, the layers of thoughtful art they clothe that skeleton in. Moana is the first Disney Princess whose journey is not just about her growth as a person, but her growth as a leader. She becomes someone who can fight for her people and chart a future for them. That's incredibly necessary right now, especially for young girls. Recommended."
|90 T10||Wonder Woman (2017) - Nov 14, 2017
"This movie does a lot of important things, but the most important is that Wonder Woman gets to be a powerful, meaningful symbol of hope. The original idea of the character was a representative of feminist utopia, coming to bring the hope of utopia to a world ruined by patriarchy. In a world where that's really relatable, having a shining symbol in the middle of one of the dirtiest, most imperialist wars, getting in there and showing us a better way - that's Very Important."
|0 T1||#Horror (2015) - Oct 29, 2017
"This movie takes 12-year-old girls who have already been horribly scarred by the world, punishes them emotionally and physically for being in pain and lashing out, and then it tells the audience, "Social media and video games did it." The most *irresponsible* movie I've ever seen; the fullest expression of toxic misogyny our society has to offer."
|15 T1||Carnival Magic (1981) - Oct 06, 2017
"The fact that they took the idea of a talking animal and did *nothing* with it just shows how little *movie* is in this movie. It's *weirdly* boring, somehow less than the sum of its parts - if you stood around and taped the background goings-on at an actual traveling carnival, with minimal editing for watchability, it would be more interesting than this."