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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★

    It’s The Wicker Man on drugs... kinda generic way to put it, but think of it as a very reflexive watching experience where you don’t go looking for shock or scares. You’re looking for an exploration of relationships and the toxicity of human nature. We have to look after ourselves before we can look after others.

  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    ★★★★

    Not as emotionally captivating as Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99, but there’s a strange grit, humor and ugliness I can’t honestly explain. It’s a visceral crime drama comprising mostly of a conversations in cars that has a mature and entrancing Tarantino feel to it.

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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★

    This is a wet dream for “movie details” folk with its heavy use of visual meaning and implication. It benefits from over-indulging in its passion for horror and absurdity, while sustaining a comedic tone that reinforces the relatable personalities of our protagonists.

    While my issue involves giving away too much, I enjoyed symbolically relating the doppelgänger antagonists to the inadequacies of the heroes and their fight against their insecurities. At times, it’s indicative of the undertones of New French Extremity,…

  • Hot Fuzz

    Hot Fuzz

    ★★★★★

    That rare perfect film for me. Balances self-aware satire on genre conventions and social behavior while throwing some schlocky murder mystery into the works that gives off a Midsummer’s Murder vibe.