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  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★★★

    My problem with much of Lars von Trier's filmography is that he seems to be oblivious as to how pretentious and utterly tasteless, cruel, and cynical he's being. Whether he does know this or not (I'm sure he does) is besides the point, that's how his films read. The House That Jack Built is the first of his (that I've seen) in which he takes the self-aware approach - literally framing the film through a Socratic dialogue about the act…

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  • Ida

    Ida

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • Most Beautiful Island

    Most Beautiful Island

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This film has the tenacity to ask and the audacity to answer, what is the difference between the cockroaches in the bathtub and the spiders in the coffin? Both, according to Asensio, are inflicted by the ruling class and are the inescapable reality of living and of making a living for the working class. Despite being petrified of bugs/spiders, I found this imagery to be brilliant. She manages to really ratchet up the tension throughout the film as well, which makes this a very interesting mix of the social-realist and thriller genres.

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Here is my meager attempt at gathering my thoughts about this brutal masterpiece into one place. Also, shoutout to my homie Cristian for bringing up some of the ideas I talk about here too.

    Phoenix's performance is one of the best of the year. That's not saying much as the year is young and I've only seen 18 films released this year so far. It would have ranked among the top five had I seen it last year. It's a…

  • Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    Sicario: Day of the Soldado

    ★★★★½

    Probably the year’s biggest surprise, this is great.