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Atomic Blonde is set during the 80’s, around the time of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  It has an awesome soundtrack, intriguing characters, intense actions scenes, and manages to successfully pull the rug out from the audience a couple of times.  It has a few pacing issues, but I think that’s just a conceit of the spy genre (got to get all that exposition out somehow).

Atomic Blonde is the kind of movie that you want to watch again.  Immediately.  As movies go, it doesn’t get much better than that.

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Although technically not a musical, Baby Driver is the best musical I’ve seen in a long time.

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Spider-Man Homecoming was a fun film about a superhero next door.  It really did hit all of the right buttons for a Spider-Man story, and I can’t imagine anybody who likes the character not liking the film.

Some of the supporting characters had an ethnic change.  Some for good reasons.  Others seemed arbitrary.  Time will tell if there’s anything specific in mind.  Though I imagine the more we see of these characters, the more they’ll deviate from their original counterparts since so much of a character’s identity hinges on race.  It leaves me wondering why not just create new characters instead?

Holland was a wonderful Spider-Man and an even better Peter Parker.  Keaton rocked as a villain.  Like Guardians of the Galaxy, you’ll walk away from the film with a big ol’ grin on your face.

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I came. I saw. I wondered.

I held off on the Logan review because I wanted some time to reflect on the flick.  With Wonder Woman, I was just too busy working.  But here it is.  And, man, was it awesome (the movie, not this review).

Spoilers ahead.

There’s a lot of really good stuff to talk about with this film.  But what I found most impressive was the flip at the end, specifically during Diana’s crisis.  In the movie, we’re told that Zeus created women to appeal to man’s softer side.  To give him a reason NOT to engage in war all the time.  To simply love instead.

And then, near the end of the film, when Wonder Woman is at her most dangerous, when she’s trembling along a very violent edge of her personality, Trevor–man–gives a her a reason to continue: love.

It’s the best kind of crisis resolution a storyteller can hope to achieve: one that brings the rest of the plot into focus, one that somehow manages to come out of nowhere and yet be perfectly obvious.

What a great film.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is like a million count crayon box with a whole buncha heart.  Vol 1 was one of those rare gems that very little will top–including its successor–but anybody who dug the first one won’t be disappointed by the second.  And you’re definitely gonna leave the theatre with a big ol’ dumb grin on your face.

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The new dude playing Spider-Man admits to never having seen the original Star Wars trilogy.  For some reason, that makes me feel really freaking old.

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ghost-in-the-shell-poster-new-1280-1485383801212_1280w.jpgThere aren’t many anime I gravitate towards.  I generally don’t like the way they’re paced or the tone is inconsistent (super-serious and mature one moment and very childish the next).  I recognize what they do and that many of them do it well.  It’s just simply not my thing.

There are a couple however that I really dig, such as Cowboy Bebop and–as you might have guessed–Ghost in the Shell.  I’ve been excited about seeing this live-action adaptation since I heard of its release and, I’ve gotta say, I thought the movie was really well done.  The action is pretty and fun.  It captures the philosophy of the story without overstaying its welcome.  And, above all, the filmmakers did a great job Westernizing the story without losing any of the essential Ghost in the Shell elements.  It’s a shame that it’s not doing well in the U.S.

If you’re on the fence, get off.  Go see it.

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