Alita: Battle Angel dir. Robert Rodriguez (2019)
An artificial person like Alita is going to exist, I reckon. I’m going to fall into an armchair of the future and fail to recognize where I am, who I am. A person with a brain? A soldier or a daughter. I don’t think it would be so bad to dream of electric sheep.
Captain Marvel dir. Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (2019)
I’ve wanted to fly since 1990. A big, garish plane, capable of landing on water or land or ice and snow. All ports as home and no home at all. Danvers, denied the opportunity, breaks free of her roles to fly in the most amazing way. Her spirit is infectious, if well-familiar.
Us dir. Jordan Peele (2019)
The shadow of the shadow is the person. Somehow, the shadow wants to kill, and so it is suppressed and buried. A living burial is a horrifying, the most terrible thing you can do. Please don’t bury me, or anyone. Leave us out in the sun.
The Grand Budapest Hotel dir. Wes Anderson (2014)
A little window in the middle of the wall is the clearest view. Peer through it and see inside, then see inside, then see inside. The care of each of us is up to all of us, and yet you are remembered fondly, even as you live, even as you die.
Dragged Across Concrete dir. S. Craig Zahler (2018)
The long draw is an invention of the American Western. It’s the kind of story where a man is left standing, top of the heap. Knowledge of the law is, after all, the best way to break it.