June 22nd Weekend Predictions & Predilections

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Opening this Weekend

Jurassic World:  Fallen Kingdom

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Metamorphosis review

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The environment?  Are people still worrying about that thing?  Sad

by Thom Yee

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Metamorphosis images courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada

I’m never going to have children.  Now you don’t know me and I don’t know you (probably), there are a variety of perfectly natural reasons why any normal person might make a decision like that, and, from the outside, hearing that might even seem like a good thing.  With a near quadrupling of the world’s population in the course of the last 80 years, it might actually be okay if more and more of us choose against having children simply from the perspective of our finite natural resources.  But trust me when I say that my decision against having children doesn’t come from a good or helpful place.  Diseases long thought eradicated are coming back while other, more present-day maladies are surely and steadily becoming untreatable.  Mass shootings, especially at schools, happen at such an alarming rate that they’re no longer raising that many alarms.  One of the biggest nations in the world made the least informed, most deliberately manipulated, and most destructive decisions it possibly could have in selecting its new leader.  Anthony Bourdain is dead.  In the same year that Stephen Hawking died.  Kids are eating Tide PODS®.  It feels like every direction we could turn to, things are getting worse and worse and often almost willfully more stupid.  Just about the last thing I would want to do is leave someone I care about and am responsible for trapped on this doomed, morally bankrupt, gangster-haunted planet.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story review

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Han shot first!  Seriously this time!

by Thom Yee

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Solo: A Star Wars Story images courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

If you asked me when I was a kid which movie hero I liked better — Indiana Jones or Han Solo — I probably would’ve answered “… was Han Solo the guy in the vest?”  And if you asked me how smooth or cool a character I thought Lando Calrissian was in Empire, I don’t think there’s any way you would’ve been able to remind me of who Lando is, what he did, or how he acted in that movie (and I probably wouldn’t have been one hundred percent sure which movie you were referring to when you called it “Empire” [_______of the Sun?  _______Records?]).  Such was the importance of Star Wars in my childhood. Which is why I don’t feel at all precious about a Han Solo origin movie.

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Deadpool 2 review

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FFUUUUU—

by Thom Yee

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Deadpool 2 images courtesy of 20th Century Fox

Deadpool’s never really been my kind of comicbook hero.  He’s dangerous, unhinged from reality and doesn’t take life seriously, but not in a frightening, Joker kind of way.  Deadpool’s more of an annoying, won’t-shut-up, Spider-Man type, only, unlike Spider-Man, he’s not masking his own insecurities or expressing himself in a way he can’t in real life.  No, Deadpool’s just annoying, and he constantly f*cks with people because that’s who he is on the inside, and I don’t really like that kind of character (or person).  For a long time that was fine too, the only type of person that liked Deadpool was a certain type of comicbook nerd, a subset of a group of people nobody in reality cared about or wanted to spend any time around anyway, but then, all of a sudden, Deadpool was, like, the biggest deal in the world, the titular lead character of his own titular action-comedy movie, and played by one of the most comically handsome and spastically charming men in the world.  And by the end of all of that, I didn’t really like Deadpool much more. Continue reading