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  • Resident Evil: Retribution

    Resident Evil: Retribution

    ★★★★

    This is easily the high point of the series. Visually audacious, it essentially eliminates the world altogether and then rebuilds it. Anderson's filmmaking took a leap forward here. The opening of the film is beautifully chaotic spectacle.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★

    I disagree with people who seem to be considering MM:FR a "feminist" film. I don't think close scrutiny of the movie leads to that conclusion.

    The women largely represent traditional feminine roles centered around sexuality, fertility, maternity, etc. And the movie includes that deeply problematic narrative trope of a female character having been "raped to enlightenment."

    That said, I enjoyed the film's operatic feel. It unfolds in a highly stylized, if bleak, visual world with the extended action sequences functioning…

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