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Trying to pull myself out of a fugue state, one cinematic masterpiece at a time

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  • Repulsion

    Repulsion

    ★★★★

    There's something enthralling about the way Polanski shot this film. Nothing really happens for the majority of the runtime; there were no massive conflicts, and nothing particularly horrific happens. But there is a general sense of foreboding, and you could clearly feel like you were in a horror movie.

    I reckon it's literally because the main character, Carol, seems like she's sleepwalking her way through her life. There's a very palpable feeling of wrongness in the way she's acting, and…

  • November

    November

    ★★★★

    I'm going to be honest and say that I really had to buckle down to enjoy this film. The very first scene instantly sets the tone for the story, where you're essentially in a rural town in Estonia that's isolated enough for rural folklore and magic still exists, but somehow not isolated enough to have real world references that 'ground' the story in reality.

    These are obviously all good signs, and are the constituents of a great fairytale. I love…

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  • Zombieland: Double Tap

    Zombieland: Double Tap

    ★★★

    Pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this, but I think that's solely due to the fact that I did a double feature with the original Zombieland. There were a ton of references to the original film (some subtle, some not-so-subtle) which thankfully doesn't break your immersion too much. It may have also helped that I've never seen the first one in full so I didn't have any preconceptions of this sequel as a cash grab preying on my sense…

  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★

    Really appreciated the use of space to build mounting tension, especially in the first act - I was admittedly incredibly anxious from the moment this film starts up to the very end. It's fantastic how Whannell used the psychological horror to trail into all the fantastically choreographed action scenes, and it's so stunning, visually, to see all those long shots accentuate the violence of fighting something that you have almost zero chance defeating. (I know this is meant to be…