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Logan is a superhero film without heroes

“This is what life looks like.”

Roughly halfway through Logan (2017), Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) utters the line that will by the movie’s end personify it. He is lying on a bed in a country house, sick but at peace in one of the film’s only calm moments, attempting to break through the Logan/Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) outer shell to find what remains of the broken man underneath. Continue reading Logan is a superhero film without heroes

Deadpool – Movie Review

It wouldn’t be entirely unfair to say Deadpool, as a movie, exists entirely for and in spite of itself. Entering into a superhero climate that more often than not embodies what is now considered a model family blockbuster, Deadpool is crude and gory and anything but kid friendly. It’s a movie nobody thought could be made through its necessity of an R rating, yet here it is, and somehow what it is is even more shocking than that it exists at all. Deadpool isn’t just fun, it’s a complete rethinking of what a superhero movie can and should look like. It is, essentially, what Deadpool as a character is to his superhero peers – unheroic, selfish, crass, excessively violent – but far beyond nailing the basic characterization of Deadpool, director Tim Miller has mirrored the character’s style and irreverence upon every aspect of a film that is almost excessively fun to watch. Continue reading Deadpool – Movie Review

Ex Machina – Movie Review

In an age where smartphones can talk back, organs can be synthetically printed, and the internet has become an almost fundamental element of modern humanity, it feels as if the gap between true artificial intelligence and consciousness is becoming smaller by the day. It’s in this environment that I’ve become fascinated by narratives exploring not just the plausibility of a fully sentient AI, but the ethical and moral implications there in; stories which question the basis by which we define ourselves as alive and human, and at which point our creations are no longer ours to control. Within this context, Ex Machina exists as Hollywood’s latest critically beloved entry into the transhumanistic, and in lieu of such an honor fulfills its part as a film which is equal parts eloquently constructed and wholly unsurprising. Continue reading Ex Machina – Movie Review

Inside Out – Movie Review

There’s a sort of poetic appropriateness to having sat down to watch Inside Out only hours after suffering a rather severe emotional breakdown. For reasons I don’t feel ready to delve into I was feeling down – REALLY down – and it was with a still cluttered mind that I came into Pixar’s newest creation, still slightly out of it and just hoping to distract myself from my overzealous emotions. Continue reading Inside Out – Movie Review

Jurassic World – Movie Review

We’re coming up on 15 years since the release of the middling Jurassic Park III, and in celebration of the occasion Universal has decided to wipe the slate clean and take another shot at a direct sequel to the original dino classic with Jurassic World. Unfortunately it would seem they only cleared away the muck of the past two Jurassic Park films for the sake of taking a huge, two hour long dump all over the newly revived franchise, and by extension the audience who unknowingly stumbled into such a monumental mess. Continue reading Jurassic World – Movie Review