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Films are like truffles, in that they are tasty and I am constantly rooting through mud for them because I am a pig.

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  • The Wailing

    The Wailing

    ★★★★

    I'm creeped out and a bit baffled and I like it. The Wailing is directed and edited with precision, you can feel Na Hong-jin sculpting the mood for each scene, but man that mood is weird and unpredictable. Disturbing scenes give way to goofy pratfalls, built suspense cuts away to chatter, hysterical emotions are sometimes moving and sometimes just nutty over-the-top. It takes some time into the movie's last phases to realize how dark things have gotten without coming up…

  • Sleepy Hollow

    Sleepy Hollow

    ★★★★

    Goth aesthetic but a lighthearted spirit, yep it's a Tim Burton film! Sleepy Hollow is real fun. It carries itself with a curious frivolity that is like a bloodied-up, 18th century Scooby Doo. Depp trying to be a rational detective in a landscape rife with witchcraft is a great premise, and the film indulges both the spooky and Sherlockian sides of things. Okay okay, definitely more the spooky side of things by the end, because the evil head-chopping ghost of…

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  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★

    Americans with souls have a right to be angry at their country. It's right to rail at a broken and corrupt legal system that shields police thuggery and shackles those who would speak up against it. It's right to make angry art and rub the country's nose in its history of abuses. Because if no one does, the only thing keeping the memory of injustice alive is people's willingness to read history.

    The Trial of the Chicago 7 is a…

  • Phantasm

    Phantasm

    ★★★★½

    Wild and woolly spooks, I love this kind of ride!! Phantasm is a fantasia of weird ideas, held together with the just-barely-there logic of a dream. Sometimes it's a visceral creepshow or zany sci-fi, sometimes it's a gun safety lecture or a guitar jam session. Or a freakin' Dune pain box scene with a telepathic grandma!?

    It all feels amateurish in the best way: fresh and experimental, even when throwing in pastiche and cinematic references, and full of energy! Okay,…