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  • Spawn

    ★½

  • Kafka

    ★★★

  • The Frighteners

    ★★★½

  • Loki

    ★★★★

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  • Resident Evil

    Resident Evil

    ★½

    …and curiouser. The rabbit hole goes a bit deeper than I thought. In my review for “Hellboy,” I wrote how it weirdly made a lot of references to “Alice in Wonderland,” among other things, even though it didn’t really improve the film in any way. I later realized one of the biggest connections of all was tied to Milla Jovovich, who played the villain in “Hellboy” but also played the main character (Alice) of the “Resident Evil” series (probably her…

  • Malcolm X

    Malcolm X

    ★★★★½

    The first adult literature I encountered as a child were books my two older siblings were assigned to read as classroom assignments. I would wander into their rooms and spy titles familiar to many American high school curriculums such as: "The Lord of the Flies," "To Kill a Mockingbird," "The Catcher in the Rye," "The Great Gatsby," and "The Autobiography of Malcolm X." All of these books were influential to me, but it was Malcolm’s in particular that impacted me…

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  • Spawn

    Spawn

    ★½

    This would’ve benefited a lot by coming out just a few years later than it did, at least around the time of the first “X-Men” film. Spawn is an interesting character, but his fanciful nature requires an extensive amount of visual effects, and a director imaginative and capable enough to capture the comic's peculiar, semi-dark tone. This movie just seems like a series of missteps. First and foremost, this probably has the worst CGI effects of all time. That’s not…

  • Kafka

    Kafka

    ★★★

    Let’s be honest. Everyone that comes to this film today, does so with the expectation of seeing something that evokes the feel and atmosphere of Kafka’s works. Kafka is a rare writer that has a specific word made (Kafkaesque) to describe his unique style, and you’d think his works would translate easily into film—at least visually—which already has a rich legacy of surrealism and magical realism interwoven into its history. The only great cinematic adaptation of Kafka that I’ve seen…

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  • Ran

    Ran

    ★★★★★

    Signals in Noise. It’s a strange sensation when you encounter an acclaimed film and you can see exactly why it’s so good, but you’re simply not drawn into it. For me, the most conspicuous example is “Blade Runner.” I intellectually appreciated it, but was also emotionally disconnected, as if there was an invisible barrier that was somehow preventing me from fully embracing it. At around my fourth or fifth viewing, something magically clicked, and I was wholly absorbed into its…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★

    Killer Clowns from Inner Space. I sure hope you like watching Joaquin Phoenix dance, because a good twenty minutes of this film is dedicated to doing just that (I’m not even exaggerating either). Yes, I know this was meant to help convey the extent to which Arthur Fleck (Joker) has so thoroughly disconnected himself from the outside world. It’s not just the dancing. He’s also afflicted with sudden outbursts of laughter that always seems to arrive at the worst possible…