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  • Shame

    Shame

    ★★★★½

    The brutality of war filtered through an intimate lens, depicting the deterioration of two people both as a couple and as two individuals trying to survive. In classic Bergman fashion, it fucks you up in all the right ways.

  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    ★★★★★

    Deals with big theological questions while stimulating the viewer's senses with exquisite shots and intense imagery. Serves as a perfect introduction to Bergman.

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★½

    A great cast squandered in a rather forgettable by-the-numbers superhero movie. The most interesting part is when it dips into 007 territory, but that's ends pretty quickly.

    Michael B. Jordan is expectedly good, but his entire arc is so rushed that it's hard to really care. Everything feels rushed which is a shame because this had the potential to be this big Shakespearen conflict. Instead we get a lot of obvious green screen and pretty unremarkable sequences.

    Honestly the Black Panther action in Civil War was way better. That at least felt real and grounded.

  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★★

    Might be my favorite film of the year so far.

    I liked BLUE RUIN but this is much better. The writing, directing, and performances are all impeccable. Patrick Stewart can do no wrong. Imogen Poots' Amber is complete badassery. Even though it's extremely graphic, the violence is very controlled and never devolves into dumb gratuitous imagery. The tone is certainly dark but gives the film a very unpredictable nature.

    I'm not sure I'd call this a horror film even though all the trailers before it were for horror movies. In any case, all those films look terrible and this was way scarier than any of them.