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  • The Power

    The Power

    ★★

    Lazy uninspired writing coupled with some lazy, uninspired filmmaking. In a movie where the premise is that the power is cut and the hospital is scantly lit, they forgo the possibility of having unique atmosphere and tension deriving from shadows and negative space, instead opting for your dime-a-dozen jump scares. And rather than putting in the work to actually build atmosphere, they instead choose to just blare the most obnoxiously obvious sound effects in your face, mimicking the effect of…

  • Pulse

    Pulse

    ★★★½

    Kurosawa's use of screens is so clever and genuinely unnerving. Also, this is a movie that so clearly understands the internet as something that can either connect people or isolate them that the fact that it came out in 2001 seems unbelievable. It understands the power of the internet far better than several of today's movies about being online do.

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  • Parental Leave

    Parental Leave

    I've been thinking a lot about Eli this past week. His love and passion for cinema was so omnipresent, so enormously palpable that it shone through in every word he wrote. On a whim earlier this afternoon, I decided to look at his diary and see what the final movie he watched was, and it turns out it was this short film. Going to the film's page, it was beyond heartwarming to see that I am not the first person…

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★½

    Lmao I feel like I just watched a parody of a Nolan film