Vasili Birlidis

Vasili Birlidis

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Favorites list: Top films of 2021 so far. AMC Stubs A-List & Regal Unlimited member. Former Regal manager.

Favorite films

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
  • Loki
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
  • Cruella

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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★★★

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★★★

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★★★

  • Free Guy

    ★★★★½

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  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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

    I love the MCU Spidey suit, especially because it looks so comic book perfect with the expressive eyes -- but I think the suit from this movie edges it out ever so slightly. The metallic sheen and large white lenses capture the spirit of the comic but give it a unique vibe. This film also has the definitive best sequences of Spidey just being Spidey. Swinging around New York, loving his powers, saving random people randomly, just existing as Spider-Man…

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★

    I'm conflicted. The good parts of the film are super intriguing and tie back into the MonsterVerse's deeper sci-fi/fantasy mythology (which is of course the best part of the series), but the emphasis on breezy pace and kaiju fight scenes often means that we cut away from plot development into minimally set-up action that requires audience to piece the plot together themselves.

    Make no mistake: this is a King Kong movie. The bulk of the plot revolves around tying Kong…

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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★★★

    One of the MCU's best. I haven't had the energy to be writing reviews lately but Shang-Chi is seriously another gold standard success from the House of Ideas.

    Seen with my Regal Unlimited Plus membership.

    Wednesday, September 8th, 2021
    Regal Celebration Pointe & RPX (Regal #1416)
    4901 Steve Spurrier Way, Gainesville, Florida, 32608
    Auditorium 9, seats D13-14 @ 10:30pm
    RPX, stadium recliner seating
    Regal Unlimited Plus RPX - $2.13
    (Price of student RPX ticket - $???)
    Ticket purchased from kiosk
    Concessions…

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★★★

    Seen with my AMC Stubs A-List membership.

    Friday, September 3rd, 2021
    AMC Sunset Place 24 (AMC #???)
    5701 Sunset Drive, Suite #300, South Miami, Florida, 33143
    Auditorium 22, seats D12-13 @ 6:30pm
    IMAX xenon with 1.9 expanded ratio, stadium regular seating
    AMC Stubs A-List IMAX ticket - $0.00
    (Price of student IMAX ticket - $???)
    Ticket purchased via Fandango.
    Concessions ordered - large Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Orange Vanilla.
    What does the ticket call the movie? N/A; digital ticket

    Trailer package:…

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  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★★★

    "Is that a monkey?"

    Kong: Skull Island is 100% more entertaining than I thought the trailers suggested. Less dumb action and more shock value gory monster horror, certainly more than Godzilla. (Godzilla is the superior film, but Kong is more blockbuster-esque.) Speaking of which, the biggest narrative connections are the film's opening and (surprise!) post-credits scenes. Also, very very different from Jackson's story; if you're expecting an Odyssey-style epic adventure just rewatch the 2005 film. Longer review probably coming this…

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★½

    "Do you want anything?"
    "Equal rights?"

    Solo: A Star Wars Story? More like Snore-o: The Last Twenty Minutes Are A Star Wars Story.

    It's clear Disney had too much to lose by firing Lord and Miller so late into production, so I understand why Kathleen Kennedy hired reliable and generally good director Ron Howard at the eleventh and a half hour. But there's very little of his touch that's apparent here: the film emphasizes drama, with dark color palettes. But…