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  • Fanny and Alexander

    Fanny and Alexander

    ★★★★½

    "You must be gentle with people" - Oscar Ekdahl

    This isn't a review of Fanny and Alexander. This is a birthday message to my dad, and a summation of the film marathon he and I have done together during the pandemic. What began as a simple rewatching of the Lord of the Ring Trilogy, eventually morphed into a retrospective on the filmographies of Hitchcock, Kurosawa and Bergman. We intend to follow this marathon with several more covering different eras of…

  • The Dead Don't Die

    The Dead Don't Die

    ★★

    The real zombies were inside us all along

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  • Short Term 12

    Short Term 12

    ★★★★

    Packing an incredibly emotional punch, Short Term 12 explores the complexities of childhood trauma with grace (pun not intended) and subtly. The understated performances (namely Brie Larson's) provide a sense of realism to the film, to the point where it feels as though you are witnessing real events unfold before you. The film's major flaw is its uninspired cinematography, relying too heavily on shaky-cam and never using a shot to convey anything other than what the actors are portraying. Despite…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

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

    Sure it's unsettling, and terrifying, and horrific, and visceral. But it's also harrowing. The way this film depicts loss, grief and death is just haunting. Toni Collette's performance is absolutely stellar. And I love that the film has the audacity to just state the truth behind its supernatural elements. There's no ambiguity, it's just "Yup this shit all happened and Charlie is a Queen of Hell". Love it.