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  • Irreversible

    Irreversible

    ★★★★½

    A ruthless, shameless, and difficult film - but also an exemplar of masterfully crafted art.

    Things are portrayed backwards, starting with animalistic revenge that would usually be used as payoff but in this instead acts as a sort of inciting incident that pushes the viewer into Noe's depraved vision and the particulars of this series of events. What follows is an effective, meaningful, and deeply cinematic work. Though the violence at the start and particularly the middle is hard to…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    Luscious, sensual, rapturous - perfectly captures the feeling of being young during a care free summer of discovery that is equal parts exciting and nerve wrecking. And it does so beautifully, artistically; there are so many close ups and frames in this movie that convey an endless depth of emotion and thought without a word being spoken. And it does so intelligently, thematically tying back to the greeks' views on sensuality and love; unlike so much of recent 80-set media,…

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  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★

    A psychedelic portrayal of the surreal, nonsensical, and awesome aesthetics and emotions of metal and 80s masculinity. It's a great time, if a bit too over the top and comedic to have as much emotional resonance as it might have had if it were just slightly less over the top.

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★

    A 3 hour send off to a decade of films and their associated cultural impact, that actually sort of manages to wrap things up with great action, thematic consistency, and satisfying character arcs.

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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★★

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant science fiction.

    Annihilation is a brilliant science fiction movie about memory, trauma, mental illness, nature, life. Visually, musically, conceptually stunning. Draws and finds inspiration in past science fiction masterworks (most notably Stalker, Solaris, and 2001) while also going boldly beyond them by adding breathtaking layers of emotion and psychological depth. Like those old SF masterworks as well as more recent ones (Arrival, Another Earth, Moon), it is a movie and a work of science fiction that…

  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya

    ★★★★

    A well written, well acted, well directed movie that's more interesting than most that get made these days. It's thematic points are a bit confused and the portrayal of violence is a bit rough, but on the whole this is a great movie.