Archive for Release Year: 2018

10 posts from 15 December 2018 to 19 March 2018.

  • Tomb Raider

    Generic action film that happens to take some cues from the game, ignoring the Angelina Jolie continuity. No The Descent references, for shame.

  • Ready Player One

    Spielberg trolls a generation. With Cline on board, they turn the book into Wreck It Ralph for older manchildren. Feels like The Matrix from the POV of Agent Smith. Should have guessed from the book’s ending.

  • Pacific Rim: Uprising

    Lots of exposition to make sure you remember the last one. No major retcons that I noticed.

  • The Death of Stalin

    The Thick of It transplanted to Soviet nomenklatura. Funny and horrifying.

  • Incredibles 2

    More of the same with loads of callbacks and references. Doesn’t reach the level of the first one, it’s an action packed scene with an ironic plot.

  • Linhas de Sangue

    Ensemble parody of action films in general. Low budget doesn’t mean low quality, but in this case that is not completely off the mark.

  • Annihilation

    Another Transcendence mindfuck. This one is a more blatant Tarkovsky ripoff, mostly Solaris and Stalker.

  • BlacKkKlansman

    Powerful stuff, particularly the post-credit Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally. 50 years go by in a flash.

  • Suspiria

    Remake in name only. This has more in common with mother! and Black Swan.

  • Mortal Engines

    Snowpiercer for kids, as someone put it. I think it muddles its political points too much to warrant such comparisons, but it’s apt.