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  • Christine

    Christine

    ★★★★★

    In John Carpenter’s 1983 King adaptation, the devil takes the form of a scarlet red 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine. The first thing you hear in the film, before even a single image appears on screen, is the roar of a car’s engine. John Carpenter, a director well-known for exhibiting complete creative control over his films, establishes from the very beginning the primal nature of Christine’s evil. She was born quite literally by capitalism, constructed to be sold for profit.…

  • Glass

    Glass

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

    Don't ever let them tell you I doubted it.

    I've been thinking a lot about healing lately, about the process of feeling better, feeling okay again. Healing is a process that follows a strange path. It's hard to heal unless you accept and embrace pain. I suffer from a chronic pain disorder that leaves me basically disabled, unable to do the things that I want in life. I want to be better. I want to feel better. But all I…

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    ★★★★★

    “It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will…

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★★

    It’s insane how perfect this is when it really seems like it shouldn’t be. The screenplay is pristine, the world it builds is vast and specific and lived in, the characters are all so memorable, the emotions are grand and sweeping, and the score is one of the all-time grandest achievements in film scoring. I know there are tons of behind the scenes documentaries documenting how these films came to be and someday I may dig into them but for now, I prefer just to think of this film as cinematic alchemy, something birthed into existence miraculously. A gift.

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★★

    Probably my favorite thing about this film is that you can so clearly feel its influences (2000s Spielberg, the original Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell, Denis' Enemy) while also seeing it forge new ground- it's told in such a slowly expanding, mystifying way that its interesting, clever themes stand up next to the themes of the classic 1982 film. 2049 doesn't ruin the original nor is it a bad film itself; Denis has done the seemingly impossible, creating- with excellent performances, a compelling narrative, a good score, and some of the best cinematography ever put to screen- a film that feels like an expansion, not a copy.

  • The Emoji Movie

    The Emoji Movie

    In what world is the 🍆 emoji one of the least used?