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  • Clear and Present Danger

    Clear and Present Danger


    Interestingly, Ebert disliked the slam-bang ending of Patriot Games, but praised the slam-bang ending of Clear and Present Danger. If nothing else, this is just proof that movie criticism often just comes down to the mood one is in when they watch something. Excruciatingly paced at times, and definitely overlong for what it’s trying to do, Clear and Present Danger is still a fine political thriller. Harrison Ford is always immensely watchable, and he still owns the role of Jack…

  • Push



    I do appreciate that Push actually tries to do something interesting. As a sort of X-Men and YA fiction back-alley hybrid (a precursor to the Michael Vey series), this works, but unfortunately, it’s just far too long and talky. The action-y parts are very creative and effective, and the film’s superpower preoccupation means typical action sequences are spiced up with creative character abilities. For instance, a typical chase through a market is accentuated by the villains chasing the protagonists, because they…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


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

    What an empty, soulless experience. What does one do with a film like Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker? It's a hard question to answer, because I don't even know what the film itself is doing. I'm sure there's possibly some semblance of subtext buried in here, but what is it? There's no adventure, no romance, no humanity, no anything. This film is a landmark, a perfect encapsulation of the problem with these corporate Disney blockbusters. Here is a film…

  • Con Air

    Con Air


    Of all the 90s action flicks out there, Con Air may be the most cartoonish. I mean this as a compliment. It's almost impossible to take this film seriously, which is okay, because the film doesn't ask you to.

    I do sort of wish this was directed by Michael Bay, as Simon West is essentially just aping his style here, but West gives the film a self-awareness that Bay's films seem to lack. I've always found West to be quite…