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  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    Those Who Wish Me Dead

    ★★★

    The most formulaic of all the films Sheridan has written or directed, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. This thing ratcheted up the tension pretty quick and didn't really let go for 100 minutes.

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★½

    Come on now. This was like Ward vs. Gatti IV. I thought the signing was a nice touch, but if they release the dialog-less cut then that thing is a guaranteed 6 out of 5.

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  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color

    ★★★★★

    One may never be able to fully unravel the avant-garde enigma that is Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color.  The film is an array of seemingly disassociated complex themes; the pernicious results of American avarice, environmentalism, depression, the circle of life, loss of individuality to the collective, breaking of cycles, and the reconstruction of the American middle-class are all explored with multiple instances of thematic overlap and blending.  Carruth illustrates that life is not constructed from a timeline of autonomous finite events,…

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★★★

    The 1991 Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise directed Disney film Beauty and Beast is a wonderfully subversive entry into the princess and prince charming genre that numerous Disney animated musicals had previously and masterfully operated within. The film takes the traditional prince charming archetype and flips it on its head through the casting of the downtrodden and ill-tempered, but sympathetic protagonist Beast against the chiseled-bodied, testosterone-dripping traditionally masculine male archetype Gaston in a fight, both literally and figuratively, for the…