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  • Day of the Dead

    Day of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    "civil behavior is what distinguishes us from the lower forms. it's what enables us to communicate, to go about things in an orderly fashion without attacking each other like beasts in the wild. civility must be rewarded, captain; if it isn't rewarded, then there's no use for it, no use for it at all."

    in his magnum opus, day of the dead, the third and final film in the dead series, much like the two preceding before it, reflects on…

  • Trouble Every Day

    Trouble Every Day

    ★★★★★

    in a filmography mostly, if not entirely, defined by a keen focus on lyrical, and often sensuous, explorations of the human condition in all its various outlets, from human psychology and physicality to sexuality and desire, Claire Denis's Trouble Every Day is perhaps the masterpiece most unique, daring, effective, and quintessential in a catalog full of films that can be called such; not solely because this would see Denis aiming her sights onto the horror genre but rather how she…

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  • The Cloud-Capped Star

    The Cloud-Capped Star

    ★★★★★

    “tell me just once I’ll live.”

  • Déjà Vu

    Déjà Vu

    ★★★★★

    ...and if you knew how much I loved you
    baby, nothing could go wrong with you.

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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★½

    The first shot of Ari Aster's Hereditary is of a slow pan around the workshop of the film's matriarchal protagonist; showcasing intricate dollhouses all bearing an uncanny resemblance to her own home with the camera soon afterwards slowly and decidedly focusing in on the room of the family's eldest son, transitioning from construction to reality; itself a metaphor for the Graham family's ultimate fate being created by forces greater than themselves. It's often said that a film's first shot should…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★½

    goes for something more appropriately visceral and emotional in regards to form and is all the more better for it, and Aster's short bursts of dark comedy are weirdly/oddly fitting and welcome, but, much like his previous effort, it starts to feel much as if it's in the service of, well, nothing. Aster strikes me as the guy who likes to make films that certainly have "ideas" at the helm but honestly has little interest in doing any sort of…