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  • Single White Female
  • Poison Ivy
  • Black Widow
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  • Hardcore Henry

    ★★★½

  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    ★★★★

  • Captives

    ★★★½

  • Bodies, Rest & Motion

    ★★★

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  • Femme Fatale

    Femme Fatale

    ★★★★½

    De Palma goes where very few noir tales go: from the eyes of the Femme Fatale. We watch women like Barbara Stanwyck or Lizabeth Scott in awe of their feminine prowess to make whatever they want happen, moving the men in their lives around like chess pieces. Finally embarking on the opportunity to be the mysteriously tragic minx. A fantastical element is constantly pushing the envelope of what is real and imaginary, possibly De Palma's finest film for dreaming up…

  • Teen Witch

    Teen Witch

    ★★★★★

    This is the inception for my love of cheeky eighties, anticipating every October this would air on TV and to this day is a movie I can't help but revisit every fall season. Maybe you saw this movie and dismissed it for tactless schlock, going down in history as the whitest rap battle known to Suburbia. For me, it's a colorful utopia of dancing in the locker room, dreamy sexual escapades in an abandoned house, and a messaging of forging…

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  • Hardcore Henry

    Hardcore Henry

    ★★★½

    Unapologetically masculine and with a touch of irony, is the absolutely indifferent Hardcore Henry. A live-action PlayStation game entirely built on a series of battle quests, and I can't say that I don't appreciate its pure bombastic energy. I was so excited to see this in theaters, and then after terrible reception, moved on with my life only to be curious about it years later. The problem is that for all its ingenuity in creating seamlessness, the go-pro effect entirely diminishes…

  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

    ★★★★

    Bizarre, off-putting, surreal, delicious. Did I like it, did I hate it? I don't know its history, but I've decided to accept it as a dystopian gangster movie. Adding in for no apparent reason other than pure irony, an "Upstairs Downstairs" approach to fine dining, which to anyone who's worked it immediately can resonate and chuckle at, where the owner is not a renowned artist, but a ruthless criminal. The story is ridiculously simple, elevated by its world-building and British…

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  • Career Opportunities

    Career Opportunities

    ★★★★★

    I really love this movie, and not for the obvious reason, so here’s a little female perspective for you chuds.

    Whaley is so incredibly charming as doofy outcast, never over-fixated with Josie, but relatable self-involved idiosyncratic Jim. Right on the cusp of the “mall movie” aka Clueless, Mallrats, etc. quirky shenanigans in the only place young people can convene after high school and before twenty-one. Includes intense flashbacks to the time I worked at PetSmart for the summer, not really…

  • The Daytrippers

    The Daytrippers

    ★★★★½

    A Proto-Little Miss Sunshine: unseen micro-budget family van ride story. Everyone’s idiosyncrasies and flaws comedically on display, subtle holiday feel goods of Seinfeld relatability.

    Highlight is Liev Schrieber playing “smartest guy in the room” writer-type who loves indulging about his Kafkaesque novel and aristocracy. Parker Posey plays mostly blasé cool Posey (I’m not complaining) who chain smokes and has a weakness for said intellectual writer types (raises hand), and Hope Davis as adorable older sister tracking down her husband in…