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|93 95%||Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) - Apr 29, 2019
"Oh, lovely. Peter feels less like a movie teenager and more like what high school felt like from the inside, all vulnerabilities and badly-constructed masks. The pressures on him feel meaningful without tipping into excessive angst, and Tom Holland plays him as a presence that's consistently fun, with cuteness and sweetness to spare even when he's fucking up. Plus, the Vulture is a really excellent example of a sympathetic villain, someone with points to make who's nevertheless gone too far."
|92 94%||Avengers: Endgame (2019) - Apr 29, 2019
"Why doesn't every big crossover movie start with the characters having feels at each other for an hour!? (For shorter movies I'll accept half an hour to forty-five minutes.) This was far better than I expected after Infinity War, full of meaningful character moments, honestly fun sidequests, and best of all, solid, emotional resolutions to long-running character arcs. Plus, a dedication to having a good time. And isn't that what spectacle films are supposed to be for?"
|69 53%||Simply Irresistible (1999) - Apr 18, 2019
"I watched this movie for a bad movie night, and while it delivered on that in being weirdly paced and edited - y'all, it's actually thematically rich? The sense of engaging with one's passions, communicating them to others, the fundamental meaning of art, is on display here. And the love interest's arc of not wanting to be vulnerable and lose control of his emotions when that's what love demands is compelling despite the character himself not being that interesting. It's weird and I like it."
|64 43%||Avengers: Infinity War (2018) - Apr 18, 2019
"This movie is well-crafted. The performances are good, the dialogue sparkles, and it is absolutely the best of the Big Crossovers at juggling the many characters' screentime. But *oh my god* Thanos isn't as sympathetic or interesting as the narrative thinks he is. The story is constantly pushing Thanos Had Some Valid Points and it's to the detriment of the rest of the cast and the plot. Worst of all, it wastes the energy that this movie inherits from a double-digit number of previous films."
|94 96%||Captain Marvel (2019) - Mar 12, 2019
"Holy fuck. This is one of the most solid action narratives I've ever seen; it has a really strong twist built on undermining deeply-held cultural expectations and applying the result to one of the most relevant issues of our time; Brie Larson is energetic and fun while still being intensely emotive; every single supporting character is well-written and well-acted and I can't say that about most Marvel movies or indeed most movies in general; and the climax is so good I don't have space to descri"
|91 92%||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) - Feb 19, 2019
"A step up and a step forward, talking the furious musical feelings and making them relevant and powerful within a story about fucked-up families, growing, healing, and not being the physical incarnation of toxic masculinity, EGO THE LIVING PLANET. >:/"
|93 95%||Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) - Jan 21, 2019
"Filled with a cornucopia of wonderful things. It's not that there aren't bad or awkward moments, it's that they're *flooded* out by the enormous panoply of fun shit. Miles is such a good character! Dirtbag Peter! SPIDER-GWEN! OMG all the supporting spiders are characters I never expected to make it into a movie and they're played by amazing and perfect actors and! THE VISUAL STYLE I could ramble on for hours but it's so good I liked it a lot."
|69 53%||Kamen Rider Heisei Generations: Dr. Pac-Man vs. Ex-Aid & Ghost with Legend Riders (2016) - Dec 26, 2018
"This movie is a mess; missing a lot of narrative coherence, secondary characters from both shows are thrown in with no "here's who this is", and there's often *way* too much CGI at once. But it's a fun mess - the battle against the evil Dr. Pac-Man is as ridiculous and amazing as that sounds, including the part where they beg giant kaiju Pac-Man to remember his true self. And it's full of colorful, explody action. It just would've been nice if more had been based on emotion, not just spectacle."
|33 15%||Ator, the Fighting Eagle (1982) - Dec 24, 2018
"There's a vague outline of an entertaining movie here, with some neat fantasy-ish details and some good color and design, but it's not really filled out; there's just an emptiness in the middle. (Not to mention the weird, unnecessary sister-wife thing, and the fact that all the villains are black.)"
|28 12%||Killer Fish (1979) - Dec 22, 2018
"God, I constantly lost track of what was going on in this. Heist plots and murder mysteries depend on tight plotting and attention to detail, and this movie just... doesn't have that, at all. Thrillers don't depend on that as much, but they do depend on suspense, which this movie *also* can't do."