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  1. I think the confusion with it is because we’re so conditioned by the movie logic from all the films they reference. It’s so entrenched in how we think about resolutions in time travel fiction that one can almost forget that it’s just a means to an end here and that what really saves the dusted is cosmic magic. Incidentally, Paul Rudd in a Quantum Leap reboot should absolutely be a thing.
  2. As far as the memorial goes, a ton of money getting raised for performative bullshit that doesn’t actually help anyone’s suffering seems pretty realistic.
  3. *Undusted me drinking whole grain alcohol at the christening for my wife’s child with her new husband. ”Fucking Stark kid better cure cancer is all I’m saying...”
  4. I liked that the return to wearing the Cap mask wasn’t symbolic and was completely practical. Steve was afraid of the gauntlet and already knew how much it sucked to get punched in the face by Thanos. I thought this was easily better than the other three Avengers movies (although I’d still maintain that Civil War is the best ensemble movie.) It turns out giving the majority of the most stacked cast in movie history substantial emotional beats in between their green screen and mo-cap sessions leads to really great work. Hemsworth probably has the hardest job in the movie. Making Thor tragic and a punchline simultaneously shouldn’t work by any right, but he pulls it off. Kind of wish there was more Valkyrie in his storyline, since there’s an obvious parallel with the alcoholic descent after failing Asgard. Hell, Tony could’ve given him a demon in a bottle pep talk too. A few things bugged me (everyone in the Spider-Man universe getting dusted to make things easier has already been mentioned. I think Peter having to contend with first-year dickhead teacher Flash or something similar in the next movie would’ve been a way to mitigate that a little.) Another dopey thing is Clint going completely off the grid and becoming an untraceable vigilante but still having the same cell phone number. That was pretty wild.
  5. I’m not really crazy about a Dr. No remake unless it meets two conditions: Craig sings the mango tree song and it opens with Adele covering Three Blind Mice.
  6. I haven’t really conceived a joke around this; just know my brain is permanently broken by pop culture and the internet because this was what I thinking about before the main.
  7. Aside from Kofi winning, the highlight of the night for me was my wife asking me why those two old men in lab coats were joking about raping the Weekend Update guys.
  8. I was genuinely concerned about Batista’s condition from the way he was moving in his entrance, and that was before he tripped. He seemed fine once he got going, but I thought we were watching him overdose on benzos. I love that Hunter’s driver was a 70-year-old man in a polo who probably owns the car, but they put Warboy makeup on him like it would disguise that and not make it more noticeable.
  9. Besides the obvious Scorsese influence, it kind of reminds me of You Were Never Really Here. Joaquin looks like he lost a lot of weight for this since he was pretty beefy in that one. It’s late enough in the year and he’s cemented enough in the industry to probably have an Oscar nom sewn up. Also, Brian Tyree Henry is in everything now, and that’s a good thing.
  10. New York, New York isn’t a horrible movie, but considering it’s the most maligned and forgotten from Scorsese’s prime years it’s incredible that the theme song outgrew it’s source material and became a standard. I don’t think I realized it was originally written for the film until years after I’d seen it. I guess I’d always assumed it’d been kicking around since at least the 40s.
  11. In the Elvis vein of musician vehicles: Thieves in the Temple is the only good thing from the underwhelming soundtrack to Grafitti Bridge. Masked and Anonymous is an impenetrable, inane folly, but it’s worth it for this
  12. I had no idea Captain’s name was Daryl Dragon. Truly a missed opportunity with Captain and Tenille when they could’ve been named Double Dragon. Anyway, RIP, Do it to Me One More Time is a jam, etc.
  13. Kurt had a really simple sly veteran versus young power wrestler match with Matt Morgan on Impact that was less than ten minutes. I don’t think he even hit any of his big spots and won with a leverage pin. I remember thinking how much I wanted to see that Kurt on television every week.
  14. I really liked Creed II, even if its parts are greater than its sum. There are some wonderful, powerful individual scenes, but in a larger narrative sense they just found cute spins on various pieces of the franchise. You can really tell that the broad strokes in the screenplay (and most of the very fine Rocky stuff to be fair) are Stallone’s, and that making it all work was left to Juel Taylor. It’s still way better than I expected, and there’s no shame in not being as good as Creed. I popped for The most unexpected thing to me was them taking Drago, the most one dimensional character in the franchise, and giving him one of the most satisfying emotional payoffs in the entire movie. I don’t know where they go from here with a sequel since they burned through rehashing Rocky II-IV, but maybe it’s for the best that they’ve already plundered just about everything they can and have to move on.
  15. Nicolas Roeg has passed away at age 90. A genius when it came to “writing” the film in the editing suite. You can really feel his influence on later filmmakers like Wright and Spike Lee.
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