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  • The General

    The General

    The General is really only about its immediate action comedy, so it’s relatively easy not to get too hung up on the Confederates being the good guys, but equally annoying since there was really zero reason this story couldn’t have been written as a fictionalized non-racist conflict where the only reason to root for a team is because Keaton is on it.

    Anyway, what action! What comedy! Keaton is the perfect blend of diminutive and bold, less overwhelmed by his…

  • Body and Soul

    Body and Soul

    Where Within Our Gates was sprawling by necessity, Body and Soul is almost laser-focused. A few central characters caught in a very specific conflict, but one that exposes the different dynamics of the community they live in. A seemingly straightforward plot involving a leering and hypocritical preacher then starts to fold in on itself with a flashback structure that depicts the full extent of his crimes against a woman and her mother, only to then use the “it was all…

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Radiohead spent years performing different renditions of “True Love Waits” from bright alternative rock to solo acoustic ballad, but never feeling satisfied enough to record it, making it one of Radiohead’s most famous unreleased songs. And then in 2016, at the end of their ninth album A Moon Shaped Pool, with what would technically be the 100th track they ever made for an album, they finally made it. Same lyrics and vocal melody, virtually the same chord progressions, same overall…

  • The Brood

    The Brood

    Another level-up from Shivers and Rabid, which still fall solidly into the zombie/pandemic formula on varying scales. The Brood blends marital drama, slasher horror, and finally psychological science fiction, creating a much more immediately interesting premise than Cronenberg’s prior two films, mutated murderous children as a direct offspring of their mother’s repressed rage.

    I can see how some would find the film sexist in its depiction of Nola’s mental illness, and her view of motherhood and marriage so warped that…