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  • Southbound

    Southbound

    ★★★★

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

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    Horror anthologies can have their shorts bound together in all sorts of lazy ways - kids tell stories around a campfire, a group of friends discover an ancient text of fairy tales, an incel reads the copypasta section of 4chan, etc. But Southbound is one of those special cases in which each short actually blends into one-another both on a surface and thematic level to paint a larger, single-minded picture. In fact, most people might not realize it’s an…

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★

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    + Those heartwarming quiet moments when Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) displays her tenderness and love for Charlie (Adam Driver) in spite of their escalating legal conflicts - tying his shoe, knowing exactly what he wants for lunch, cutting his hair... and then the heartbreaking realization that these are only remanants of what they once had, that they’ll never get back

    + That sloooooow zoooooooom onto Scarlo’s face as she spills the story of her marriage to her lawyer. We experience…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★½

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    + In which it’s perfectly fine that Eggers pushes aside the awesome prospects of Lovecraftian squid creatures, evil mermaids and killer seagulls in favor of a sailor's version of The Shining/Persona, because everyone in this movie BRINGS THE MAWFCKN RUCKUS and therefore can do whatever the hell they want.

    + The sheer technical accomplishment of filming this movie in that horrible weather, with the wide variety of equipment they used, along with having to build all of the houses…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★

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    + In which the director who made the notoriously unfunny and widely-panned Road Trip gets to film someone screaming that humor is subjective before gleefully murdering a main figure from the industry. That had to feel good.

    + Phoenix’s sweet dance moves. Oh and his incredible acting performance too I guess. He and his writers do a fine job of carving out a Joker who's original and distinct from previous incarnations, thus eliminating the “who played it better?” debate. It’s…