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  • A Hidden Life

    A Hidden Life

    ★★★★½

    The legend goes that, after watching Silence, Terrence Malick wrote a letter to Martin Scorsese asking “What does Christ require of us?” As a question prompted by the film, it was a good one, well-merited and existentially urgent. What does Christ require of us? Must we confess Him only in our hearts, or also in our words? What great deeds must we do to be worthy of Him? For someone like Malick, like myself, like countless others who take matters of…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★

    “This rune, for example, is about grief.”

    At which point I spit out my drink and wept before the labyrinthine complexity of Ari’s Asterpiece, Midsommar. Because, if you think about it, that’s just what grief is: a centennial pagan blood ritual. And if it isn’t—well, that’s just one in a whole host of things this film doesn’t consider. Midsommar is a strange film, because it presents itself as something to be appreciated, analyzed, deconstructed, and yet declines to merit even…

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  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★½

    the virgin amazing spider-man:
    - responsibility, no power
    - listens to phillip phillips unironically
    - shares diluted to 0.03%
    - probably racist
    - has never seen a girl

    the chad mcu spider-man:
    - power, no responsibility 
    - girls are fine but legos are better
    - can’t do anything w/o sugar daddy iron man
    - snap score hit 1m last week 
    - favorite movie is the lion king (2019), doesn’t know it’s a remake

    the thad raimi/maguire spider-man:
    - power & responsibility 
    - ironic dancing 
    - respectful to women but not a simp
    - relatable (can’t pay rent, occasionally emo)
    - reads poetry, Augustine

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★½

    The Room of good movies