permaDEATHwatch(ing 2)

By Jace Brittain and Jayme Russell

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first 15 minutes of Suicide Squad
— bludgeoned with character introduction montages music and but-he-has-a-child handholding begging you to love a movie uninterested in what’s disgusting about itself

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Ghost in the Shell/Arise (anime and live action)

Molding muscles to flesh. Skin to muscles. A shell to house the brain. Pulling muscles from the bone. Twitch. Twitch. A resurfacing.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1&2

Gunned up on mixtapes. Flying. In the 80s, my mother said my father was Kurt Russell. Now, Star-Lord’s father is Kurt Russell. We all have fond, painful memories of the Walkman. Crush.

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Doctor Strange (animated and live action)

Shots adapted to pull out the pain. In the hands. Music expanded. A harpsichord added. Can’t wait to see Cumberbatch in black.

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Mortal Kombat
a painted backdrop and a consequently disorienting visual effect I’ve ever only also seen in Hitchcock’s Vertigo, but only one movie includes the exchange –puny mortal, i’ll crush him in one blow –alright, let’s dance!

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X-Men Days of Future’s Past

This is 90% extraneous. This is when Logan still has animal hair. Mystique, Magneto, McAvoy. Quicksilver time stunned. Time running so slow even though music plays. Music shapes time but not in this scene.

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Independence Day 2

–find an actor who can deliver the lines <<they must be after our molten core>> and make a paris-is-destroyed-and-so-is-everything-else scifi flick that is both dumber and better than every marvel movie and put him in thor 3 and pray

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Logan

Bleak and dust.

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Split

Not exactly down the middle. Not exactly strong or weak. Good or bad. In many ways, we hide parts of ourselves from ourselves. Sometimes see them too late.

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Trance

A blue haze of laughter. Smiles in strange moments. Blue eyes in fire. Will he wake underwater?

 

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