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imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.

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  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    ★★★★½

    hello lovelies! i’m not marking this review as containing spoilers, because i want to say some things that are very important to me, much as in my review of the master. but! i will be talking about the ending of this film in detail, so please be forewarned. and make no mistake: THE ENDING IS ESSENTIAL. content warning for lots of discussion of abuse.

    the central uncertainty here isn't, as a lot of people have thought, ‘is howard abusive or is…

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★★

    if i quote you in this review, i promise i don’t hate you or dislike you; i love and respect your work, which is why i’m engaging with you! ❤

    it’s properly gobsmacking how many people misinterpret this movie. or movies about abuse in general. i’m not trying to say that this film is difficult; it’s elliptical, sure, but not in any sense puzzlingly so. every scene has a direct connection to the next and completely understands its place in…

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  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    ★★★

    was all set to talk about blanche’s description of high-school english literature as hawthorne & whitman & poe, and how much this whole text in itself feels like a high-school english required reading—probably is in some places—and also note oh hey huey long mention wow! but by the time the lights came up parts of my body were moving involuntarily and shortly after that i was in fairly unpleasant convulsions, even if admittedly for only a few seconds, so i guess this film has that going for it, or against it, left as an interesting exercise for the interested reader

  • The Beguiled

    The Beguiled

    ★½

    ‘i’m delirious about our new cooker fitment with the eye-level grill. this means that without my having to bend down, the hot fat can squirt straight into my eye

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  • Clueless

    Clueless

    ★★★½

    everyone in this film is so earnest—about fashion or first love or skateboarding or getting students to care for people in need—and so rewarded for earnestly trying to be better. mean girls wants its audience to regard its sick burns as sick burns, and the characters suffer for it. in clueless, 'you're a virgin who can't drive' is a devastating moment that must be resolved, and the resolution comes in the form of mutual overflowing heartfelt over-the-top apologies, which is honestly the sweetest thing i've ever seen on-screen and i would watch seventy thousand films consisting of nothing but that sort of relationship dynamic

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    i don’t like being contrarian. i mean, i love championing underappreciated films, but slamming something this immediately beloved feels awful and cynical in a way i never want to be. and i wanted so much to love this. but to me, it feels like this year’s world of tomorrow: a universally-acclaimed 101-level (and at times completely false) treatment of certain scientific ideas in service of a startlingly reactionary message. i really understand your potential objections to this characterisation, because i…