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  • Nick of Time

    ★★★

  • Girl

    ★½

  • Santa Sangre

    ★★★★½

  • Pearl

    ★★½

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  • Nick of Time

    Nick of Time

    ★★★

    There were a whole spate of these sort of high-concept action thrillers throughout the late eighties and nineties. Most were straight-to-video tripe destined for the likes of similarly mediocre performers but a few were elevated to theatres.

    Nick of Time straddles this divide as Depp was beginning to become a superstar (although this attempt to actionify him was never attempted again) he acquits himself well with looking stressed and then suddenly asserting himself.

    ALL of these types of plot-driven movies…

  • Girl

    Girl

    ★½

    I can completely understand why trans people would have a problem with such an underwhelming and one note portrayal of a trans teen.
    Polster may have possessed the right combination of characteristics for the role but in all honestly ballet dancing prowess should have been pretty low on the list.

    It would have been possible to find a more interesting performer and portrayal if Dhont hadn't insisted upon someone fulfilling all his criteria.

    Tedious, slight and under-developed. Cannes virtue signalling was pathetic.

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  • Santa Sangre

    Santa Sangre

    ★★★★½

    This is like Dario Argento directing a Jodorowsky script. It celebrates diversity in a lurid yet somehow non-exploitative way but also works as a straight ahead monster genesis story a la Halloween.

    Loved it.

  • X

    X

    ★★½

    I prefer The Innkeepers. Ti West's decision to make his motley crew semi-pro pornographers is an odd one. West shows no insight or interest in the industry at this crucial moment, and his aesthetic choices are akin to Iphone - Wacka, wacka porn mode.

    Characters are almost exclusively underdeveloped and Maxine/Pearl's backstory seems less interesting than West and his acolytes clearly think.

    The gore is efficient and some of the edits are effectively surprising despite the digital sheen removing the feeling of the human. He should have shot the whole thing from the perspective of RJ and simultaneously captured the DIY naturalism of Hooper's materwork.