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  • It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

  • The Children

    ★★★½

  • Christmas with the Kranks

    ★½

  • Black Christmas

    ★★★★★

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  • Wake in Fright

    Wake in Fright

    ★★★★

    a dehydrated descent into bleak, misrerabilist humanity masked as a gleefully detached anti-nirvana, sweltering beneath the warp and scorch of the Outback sun until surreality breaks the mold and sheds the welcoming no man’s land hospitality for menacing, pent-up aggression—Wake in Fright chips away at the psyche and captures madness unadulterated by lens or filmic gambit, churning the stomach almost unexpectedly as beautiful photography meshes and grapples with utter depravity, like something impossible to avert the eyes from despite the…

  • Aftersun

    Aftersun

    ★★★★½

    a brief period of a fragmented, compartmentalized, and rescanned memory, sifting through the fuzzy, and tangible, and, sporadically, makeshift forget-me-not demeanor as a vague inability to yet understand the internal conflict a parent as coming-of-age and coming-to-terms meet in what should be a celebratory middle-ground of sun-soaked birthdays sprinkled with soothing inhales/exhales and silent, subtle reverie, but, is perforated by the lingering unease of scattered remembrance and the coinciding unknown. Wells conjures the inherent haunt of home-video as the channel…

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  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    “remember no man is a failure who has friends.”

    another incredible Letterboxd year! such a pleasure expanding my watchlist and connecting with more people, discovering wonderful personalities along with plenty of films i would have otherwise never even heard of. thank you all for reading and keeping in touch, recommending things, sharing comments or simple remarks and keeping this platform interesting, entertaining, and welcoming. as with last year, i will be sitting January out and will return to logging once…

  • The Children

    The Children

    ★★★½

    properly grating and unsettling, fit with ear-shattering shrieks to both match the bloodshed and counterbalance the narrative contrivances of eviscerated joy—aka, a solid entry in the FTKCU (fuck them kids cinematic universe), drenched in 2000s grime of ugly color grading to never mistake the film for what it is and what it intends to do. some brutal stuff here, and despite it not fully twisting the knife and occasionally deciding to be dodgy, the dread lays itself on thick, and the scattered phenomenal shot composition ices this frigid, demented cake more than well. wish there was an unrated cut.

    2000s

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  • Barbarian

    Barbarian

    ★½

    whew, what a mess. Barbarian strikes various interesting conversations more than capable of melding to horror in rewarding, visceral, and mentally/emotionally expressive ways: redlining, gentrification, moral vacuity, misogyny, and rotten byproducts of Reagan in suburbia into abandonment, and, it even assigns the presence of a hyper-violent figure as a ghastly thespian for the centerpiece of it all—yet, never once do any of these talking points mean anything, as genre tropes swallow the film whole within minutes, and regurgitate vignettes of forgettable…

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

    ★★★★½

    such a sweet spot in horror, not only as a remarkable sequel that comes close to surpassing its original, but as one that properly turns its villainous icon into an allegory for mental illnesses that fall on deaf ears while simultaneously upping the nightmare realm through phenomenal practical effects and a keen eye for empowering survivors without losing itself to fantastical cheese—quite the mouthful, and quite the feat. Dream Warriors deeply defines its characters and thus enhances the familiar slumberscape while…