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  • Resident Evil: Retribution

    Resident Evil: Retribution


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Respectability and what constitutes it in the realm of film has, for much of the American mainstream, been dominated by notions of “subtlety” and rather limited conceptions of what “deep” films are. Films nominated for Academy Awards are typically biopics, self-serious “character pieces” that supposedly explore themes of identity, or some mixture of the two. Films that occupy the genres of science fiction, horror or a combination of the two are scarcely, if ever, nominated for Academy Awards. Of course,…

  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    In a career punctuated by undeniable commercial and critical successes such as Heat, but also more divisive features that would be regarded by most as commercial failures and critical bombs, Michael Mann has always revolved around the periphery of mainstream acclaim rather than in it centre-which is puzzling, considering the fact that his films typically star pairs of guaranteed box-office draws (from Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in Heat to Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in Public Enemies). Sandwiched…

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood


    And away we go...

    Once Upon A Time In...Hollywood is, and I say this without hyperbole, unlike anything Quentin Tarantino has ever directed. The closest parallel would be Jackie Brown, but it never reaches the solemnity and emotional warmth of Tarantino's latest.
    In many ways, this is the least recognisably "Tarantino" film; its indulgently languid pace, relative lack of over-the-top vulgarity and absence of any single accelerating factor in the characters' arcs set it apart from the rest of Tarantino's…

  • Bamboozled



    I don't want to have anything to do, with anything black, for at least a week

    just an absolutely ruthless film, a full-throated denunciation of the craven entertainment complex and the appropriation of Black culture by media conglomerates. the scenes in the boardroom feel less like satire and more like a re-enactment of past meetings.
    the scene where Pierre argues with a woman about treating Black viewers as a monolithic group, and in which she responds by justifying her racism…