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  • Katabasis

    Katabasis

    ★★★½

    Nicolò Grasso's love of David Lynch-esque surrealism is on full blast here, though he understands the style enough to utilize it in service of propelling the story rather than fall into sequences of well-crafted but random imagery with no meaning. It's interesting to consider how COVID-19 impacted the intended vision, and I think this short is an example of how limitations can be stimulating. While the original story was more ambitious in scope, I imagine the final product's tightness probably…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★

    The novel Dune is sort of a holy cow to countless sci-fi fans, but I don't really care for it. David Lynch's execution is more interesting to me than the story itself, such as how the characters' personalities are informed by the excellent cast, or the rather baroque visual design. Obviously not every choice works; the decision include whispery inner-monologues for any given character is pretty jarring, for example. One of my favorite things about it is the measured pace.…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★★★

    "What the hell, a five-star review?"

    "This review hasn't happened yet."

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★½

    Halloween 2018 is not a masterpiece, and some may feel it's very existence is repetitive and unnecessary. However, unlike most of the sequels (I think 2 and 3 are great) it feels like a movie made by fans of the original, for fans of the original. What genre enthusiast hasn't sat with a few friends after watching a sub-par sequel to a classic, throwing out ideas for the better movie they would have made?

    The love shows. The choices made…