Review: Creed II — No Fancy Footwork, All Thudding Haymakers

“If I can change and you can change… everybody can change!” So declared a bleeding and blubbering Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) at the end of 1985’s Rocky IV, minutes after he defeated the superhuman boxer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) to avenge best friend Apollo Creed’s (Carl Weathers) death at the Soviet’s red-gloved hand, thereby winning…

Review: Sorry to Bother You Agitates in All the Right Ways

During one of his first calls for the telemarketing firm Regalview, Cassius Green (Atlanta and Get Out supporting player Lakeith Stanfield) tries to sell a book collection to a polite but reserved older white woman. Before he can get into his pitch, the woman cuts him off and apologizes, explaining that she has no money…

Tor.com: The Philosophy of Self-Destruction in Alex Garland’s Annihilation

So far, Annihilation is my second favorite movie of the year (right behind You Were Never Really Here, which you can read about here). And while I’ve read plenty of excellent articles about how the movie thinks about self-destruction (particularly this piece for Vulture), I haven’t read too much about the film’s beauty, outside of…