• Starship Troopers

    Starship Troopers

    ★★★★★

    A movie that gets the swaying power push of 1990s telemedia and technological communications (Americans' reliance on TV)
    inside a satirical mockery of military conformity, military imperialism and Robert Heinlein's novel
    that is also aesthetically, emotionally, thematically involved enough to rouse unironic war enthusiasts and sneaky, curious kids. A film for anybody, lol.


    If I had my own Armond White Better-Than List for '97:
    STARSHIP TROOPERS > Neil LaBute's obvious and absurdly homophobic nihilist satire IN THE COMPANY OF MEN

  • The Usual Suspects

    The Usual Suspects

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

    A neanderthal universe centered around The Evil (and sensuous) Actor.
    This Is America.

    This is hilariously bad movie, someone please send me the gay porno version............????? I wanna know where, there has to be an honest flipside to this one's subtext....

  • Captain Phillips

    Captain Phillips

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

    Greengrass' sense of shock and awe comes in like a movie trailer mingling inside a TV thriller then brought to life in feature length time, such as the withholding of musical jolts as an escape boat crashes into water or the stupid wringing of lyrical suspense that follows the film's most infamous quote (''I'm the captain now'').
    There's comical formal bombast that somehow fooled everyone into thinking this was just a seriously immersive action movie. The stingy documentary camera style…

  • Tougher Than Leather

    Tougher Than Leather

    Boys Club Meta-Movie.
    The group of script scenarists (including Lyor Cohen as a story co-author) suggest a factory firm devising the defining shapes in individuals' public and private lives, yet this film also asserts the black man's need for brotherly unity and self-defense in a cynical business sector billowing under the skin of the world. Half-real, Half-bodysuited ethos.

  • Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death

    Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death

    Signs and symbols rule the world

  • Charlie Brooker's Antiviral Wipe

    Charlie Brooker's Antiviral Wipe

    A question to answer in 2021: Would Oscar Wilde hate this guy?
    (note to self)

  • First Cow

    First Cow

    The Post-Parasite Capitalist Analogy & Historical New Male Modernism of the year. Maybe the clearest stated of any Kelly Reichardt film ever, 10 years after the clever idea of Meek getting C*toff was nested under stone faced, slow-burnt hysterics (that film was about a group of white travelers getting lost and confused within their time & genre. Her tender, textured images accompanied by a chillingly immersive sound design. If the recent trend of obvious Western guilt pictures were my thing, I'd say that this was almost great, unexpectedly humorous, more intriguing than others.

  • Psychomagic, a Healing Art

    Psychomagic, a Healing Art

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

    For the most part, it comes off more like a commercial for Jodorowsky's method rather than a precise series of trial and result. Most of his clients' closing statements are sealed too cleanly in the edit, too easily 'cured'. Who knows, maybe he wanted to respect his clients by not getting too naked? But to me, it comes off as lightweight and disappointing.

    I don't think Alejandro's idea is as crazy as some people might put it, I was really…

  • Bad Boys for Life

    Bad Boys for Life

    The diet soda of movies.

  • Saco Stroll

    Saco Stroll

    A confidently made trek with glimpses of kinetic perspective, steady landscape detailing, and ambient existence within frames. Becomes rather poetic when Brendan's camera zooms towards a square of strange blinding light, which then reveals itself to be another part of the town. A transportive moment that makes the wanderer's journey extra curious.

  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3

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

    Tony Stark makes a pathway for changing his selfish ways like Babe Ruth calling his shot prior to his most famous home run by giving Mandarin his address. So despite being a much more interesting stepping stone for character over IM2, I'm left thinking about how predetermined and overly-smart this story looks for the freefalling, scratched-up Tony Stark who evades depression with a jokey demeanor (sometimes funny, admittedly). It doesn't match the volatility of live sports in that aspect, where…

  • Long Toast

    Long Toast

    Karsten's absurdist short turns the food warmer into a copier-printer, transforming the given material to (lengthy) STOCKS (of food). At a big store in Anytown, an average person with wobbly neck purchases what he perceives as a plain toaster, it turns out to be a creator of endless, crispy monoliths and the young man is trapped with this alone without even knowing what its true form holds or if anyone has the same machine. He just wanted to break some…