• The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    We're reminded in the first act or so that "starfish" is slang for "asshole" then at the end a giant "starfish" brainwashes a bunch of smaller "starfish" who were told to "cover your face" but didn't.

    Flag, an actual patriot, vs. Jan 6-esque Peacemaker, a narcissistic twit wrapped in the flag.

    Yeah, Trumpsters really took Gunn to school.

  • The New Mutants

    The New Mutants

    A 2-3 hour film with this for the first 20-40 minutes might have worked really well. Going for horror with an under-established ensemble feels like a waste of TNM--doing this as a horror film without any reference to Marvel properties might also have worked really well. As is, we get a few moments in which we see what a TNM film could have been, if they'd played up the action/adventure elements, lightened the tone more often, showed the team as a team, connected it more to the actual X-Men, made Sinister more than an Easter egg... really, the list is long.

  • Brightburn

    Brightburn

    ★★★

    Too soon after the Red Son comic for the premise to carry the film by itself.

  • Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary

    Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary

    ★★★★½

    I'm a little disappointed Weaver didn't mention MP's running "but it's my only line!" gag, and very disappointed no one mentioned 3 Amigos.

  • Solo

    Solo

    ★★★½

    Reads like a proof of concept for U2's Mysterious Ways video. Like the Reggio/Fricke-style elements in that could be imagined, but somebody dancing in front of old Mediterranean architecture under distortion effects had be shown.

    So I doubled checked the directors and now I'm thinking this was just sort of the end of the VHS-era answer to Conner's "Breakaway," using standard video effects a little more sophisticated than diagonal wipes or color inversion to exaggerate dynamic curves or whatever it the poetics of dance are rooted in.

  • Secret Goldfish

    Secret Goldfish

    Here's the subtitles:

    雨給夢沖涼
    沒關的窗戶
    研究風
    我呀
    在寫信
    寄給羊水
    信裡提到
    宇宙稱呼它為灰
    我們叫地球
    還提到
    風車不能騎
    但是
    石頭可以打水漂
    你呀
    到時別忘了
    用小小的哭聲
    款待我

    The song is called 轻轻地告诉你 and there's a version that sounds close if not by 杨钰莹 on youtube.

  • My Big Fat Body

    My Big Fat Body

    There's some good stuff here, but the low production value results in a flat, industrial video aesthetic. Too much of the interview footage is centered on inspirational messages, alarmist messages, and giving Payne attaboys, and not enough on conveying information, despite the interview subjects and facilities access they procured.

  • Is Sugar the New Fat?

    Is Sugar the New Fat?

    ★★★

    A lot of overlap with parts of a series by another Kiwi, Simon Gault, called "Why Are We Fat?"

  • As Above, So Below

    As Above, So Below

    Maybe a better Tomb Raider movie than any of the actual Tomb Raider movies.

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

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

    Feels like Rosemary's meets The Witch meets The Ice Storm meets Stephen King's "Gramma."

    Seems somewhere between the recent Folk Horror resurgence (The Witch, Kill List, The Reunion) and Lovecraftian stuff we've started getting now that Lovecraft's corpus is public domain.

    I like the just-a-demon-and-a-house slow-burner subgenre (e.g. Lovely Molly), so I might be overrating this one.

  • The Real Death Star

    The Real Death Star

    ★★★★

    So it looks like there was a US version for Nova narrated by Stacy Keach and a UK version for Channel 4, currently on Netflix, narrated by Paul Brightwell.

  • Hellraiser: Inferno

    Hellraiser: Inferno

    It's like a cross between Jacob's Ladder and a Hitchhiker episode.