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  • Phantom of the Paradise

    ★★★★½

  • Weekend

    ★★★★

  • Minding the Gap

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★★½

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  • Taste of Cherry

    Taste of Cherry

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful. Kiarostami finally got to me with this one. His previous films stripped away the artifice of filmmaking, examined love, art, truth, and life. But when he turns his lens on death, takes on what it means for humans to end things - that’s when his cinematic stylings and sensibilities really hit home. In previous films, the exposing of the artifice is a fascinating angle, a lens to view what’s true - but in Taste of Cherry, it’s a release.…

  • Safe

    Safe

    ★★★★½

    Holy shit what a film to end 2020 on. I’m not sure if this film is technically a horror, but the way it instils in the audience the psychological terror Carol faces makes my hair crawl. Being sick with no explanation, having contradictory information that claims to ‘help’ you, but all the while getting worse. It’s a fear that even if you don’t identify as one of your greatest, will certainly strike a chord in present times in regards to…

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  • Phantom of the Paradise

    Phantom of the Paradise

    ★★★★½

    summer list #17

    This movie is just front to back unashamedly fun and bizarre. There’s some intensely good filmmaking and editing involved in making this completely entertaining camp extravaganza. The production design, costuming, and MUSIC all combined to give this a distinctive and captivating look. I’m not even familiar with the media this is spoofing - but I just found it’s tongue and cheek tone so endearing and hilarious the entire time. I don’t know why I don’t hear more people talk about this. Also this has like a weirdly large cult following in Winnipeg which I find extremely funny.

    9/10

    WATCHED: Digital HD

  • Weekend

    Weekend

    ★★★★

    summer list #16

    I really love purely dialogue based hangout movies. There’s a certain charm to those exact moments when the actors have it all down and the script invests you in a whole conversation and then later makes you reflect on those interactions in a new light. This movie has been compared to films like Before Sunrise, but it definitely has a slower, more somber tone. The characters spend time alone in their heads - and the environment is…

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  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

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

    HARK👏 TRITON👏HARK...👏 BELLOW👏AND👏BID👏OUR👏FATHER👏THE 👏SEA👏KING👏RISE👏UP👏FROM👏THE👏DEPTHS👏FULL-FOUL👏IN👏HIS👏FURY👏👏BLACK👏WAVES👏TEEMING👏SALT-FOAM👏TO👏SMOTHER👏THIS👏YOUNG👏MOUTH👏WITH👏PUNGENT👏SLIME...👏TO👏CHOKE👏YE👏ENGORGING👏YOUR👏ORGANS👏 ‘TIL 👏YE 👏TURN 👏BLUE 👏AND👏BLOATED👏WITH👏BILGE👏AND👏BRINE👏AND👏CAN👏SCREAM👏NO👏MORE...👏 ONLY 👏WHEN,👏HE, 👏CROWNED 👏IN 👏COCKLE 👏SHELLS 👏WITH 👏SLITHERIN’ 👏TENTACLE 👏TAIL 👏AND 👏TEAMING 👏BEARD, 👏TAKES 👏UP 👏HIS 👏FELL 👏BE-FINNÈD 👏ARM 👏👏HIS CORAL-TINE👏 TRIDENT 👏SCREECHES 👏BANSHEE-LIKE👏 IN 👏THE 👏TEMPEST 👏AND 👏PLUNGES👏 RIGHT 👏THROUGH👏 THE 👏GULLET, 👏BURSTING 👏YE, 👏A 👏BULGING 👏BLADDER 👏NO 👏MORE, 👏BUT 👏A 👏BLASTED 👏BLOODY 👏FILM 👏NOW 👏A 👏NOTHING👏 FOR👏 THE HARPIES 👏AND👏 THE 👏SOULS👏 OF 👏DEAD 👏SAILORS👏 TO 👏PECK 👏AND 👏CLAW 👏AND 👏FEED 👏UPON👏, ONLY👏 TO 👏BE 👏LAPPED 👏UP 👏AND 👏SWALLOWED👏…

  • Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby

    ★★★★★

    well. uh. It’s been a bit since a horror film actually scared me. What the fuck.

    Fifty years since its release, this brooding psychological horror is still giving viewers such as myself chills - and will continue to do so for decades to come. Labelling it as a horror you might expect monsters, blood, or murder - but this film doesn’t really need any gimmicks to establish it’s disturbing atmosphere. Not saying those things are bad, but what makes this…