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Free Solo
Free Solo (2018)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

"Free soloing is perfect execution, or certain death."

What makes "Free Solo" most unique is its providing enough backstory to answer the question of what drives Alex Honnold. We get to see inside Alex's brain, literally through a hospital scan, and also via what might be considered antisocial interactions with his girlfriend, mother, and the film crew. Ultimately, we witness Alex's unconventional intelligence save his life, fulfill his dreams, and prove to the world that compromise is not necessary for respect or love.

The Favourite
The Favourite (2018)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Career best performances by Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz. This is the rare period piece that stays true to its time, yet still makes audiences feel as participants rather than spectators. Moreover, an even greater feat is its portrayal of anti-heroes with whom we can still relate. "The Favourite" succeeds in avoiding any hint of heavy-handedness by refusing to blame human nature for the horrors and temptations it reveals, leaving a vacuum of culpability that can only be filled by the socio-political construct itself, poking at wounds we unfortunately still know intimately today. It exquisitely illustrates a perspective crucial to eventually curing the disease. While the rest of us commiserate with peers about being stepped on by evil hierarchies ruling our world, it is easy to overlook that hierarchical rule is unkinder to those on top, who have no peers with which to commiserate, and suffer the most chronic of loneliness, avoiding disaster to their particular realms only by recognizing any appearance of friendship, love, or mitigation of their mental solitude to be fraud and cruel deception.

Upgrade
Upgrade (2018)
9 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

A classic-style thinking-man's near-future sci-fi adventure that lets a viewer pat himself on the back for having figured out the ending twist, but then gives him more and exponentially bigger twists so he doesn't get too cocky. :-D "Upgrade" is proof that better sci-fi can be made, with today's technology, on a hundredth the budget of Mouse Studio's latest space adventure; not anywhere near as slick, but that's actually a good thing.

Solo: A Star Wars Story
9 months ago via Flixster

With a 400 million dollar budget, Disney would have had to get box-office returns of over 1.2 billion dollars for Solo to be considered a success, but opening weekend did not live up to expectations. Everyone is trying to figure out why Solo is so "meh." It has awesome actors, the best director money can buy, a rollicking good script, and surprise tie-ins to the core franchise. It also provides a satisfying backstory for the popular character. Still, everyone comes away feeling handled, and a little more disillusioned about the whole Star Wars movement.
If polled a third the way through the film, I'll bet critics would have rated Solo as high as The Force Awakens (which got 93% RT), but then the Solo story started adding things irrelevant to our curiosity. It stopped being a backstory, and turned into a spin-off.
Big mistake. We don't want a spin-off. We're curious about how Han got to where we found him in A New Hope. Solo's origins is a dead story, in the past, a tale with an ending we already know, prompting us to look back to its roots, not forward to a series.
Disney's greed blinded it to what it could realistically sell. We're not going to get emotionally invested in a love-interest absent from later core franchise films enough to want sequels of a prequel. Ehrenreich says he's committed to at least 3 Solo episodes, but fans are not biting. Trying to string us along for another two films, instead of wrapping the Solo backstory up neatly, ruined what would have otherwise been a hit.

Avengers: Infinity War
10 months ago via Flixster

History's highest grossing film franchise consists of disparate perspectives of the same "universe." Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, Black Panther, and the Guardians of the Galaxy each elicit sympathy to their unique view of what's right and wrong via movies focusing on them, but they all agree on one thing: Thanos is wrong. Never before did we question the absoluteness of Thanos' evil nature, or dream he might see himself and his purpose as righteous. Infinity War is the story of the MCU from Thanos' point of view. We hear his argument, understand his purpose, feel his passion and pain, and resist empathizing with his repugnant conclusion. The world's highest grossing opening-weekend movie did not receive positive reviews from universalists who want to live in a world where righteousness is absolute, and solutions are black and white. Killing Thanos would be much easier than trying to find a more humane resolution that covers his concerns. The only problem is that killing him won't make his concerns go away. Thanos demonstrates their legitimacy, and proves he is willing to sacrifice as much as anyone else in making hard decisions to mitigate their effect.