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  • No Fear, No Die

    No Fear, No Die

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    “Females dictate male behavior... An uncaged hen gives the cocks bad vibes. It bothers them. Makes them jumpy or flabby.”

    The devastating smile that Isaach gives Alex, Claire, her camera, and us — all at once — after turning up “Buffalo Soldier,” on cassette tape, in a truck at night, on a road to nowhere. A beautiful and sad film in which Claire dictates uncaged male behavior.

  • Den of Thieves

    Den of Thieves

    “What happened to you?”

    An answer never learned.

    Gorgeous and grimy, like pulling a hundy still wet from the gutter. This film is a gift. 

    Another Christian was quite right. 

    Petzold: “This was a real movie... it’s moviemaking. They don’t want to have a lemon tree in Gaza, they want to have money.”

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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    “No one stays good in this world.”

    “You are my world.”

    Lois, in Clark’s room, gazing up at model planets standing in for a home world.  

    Clark, taking the ferry to Gotham. 

    Bruce, looking at his alter ego. 

    Diana, pitying a boy born with no natural inclination to share. 

    A son falling to his knees before his mother’s image. 

    Another son haunted by memories of fallen houses and ancestral hunters. 

    Adoptive fathers who worry about their phantom grandsons. 

    Major metropolitan…

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel

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    “Welcome to the planet.”

    As sincere, and as lonely, as any superhero film ever made, and perhaps misread for these very reasons.

    Sweepingly romantic and symphonic, this is one of the great modernist films about a crisis of faith doubling for a solitary trek to and from civilization. Effortlessly classical in its depiction of the heartland, and startlingly visceral in its handheld urban action. The Kryptonian assault on Earth/Metropolis is a feat of relentless orchestration.

    Some of the spiritual gestural…