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  • Army of the Dead

    ★★★

  • MouseHunt

  • About Cherry

    ★★½

  • The Card Counter

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  • Phenomena

    Phenomena

    ★★★★½

    For Dario Argento’s Carrie, he really created a fairy tale that explores elemental powers and the divine feminine in a way I’ve never seen. As with my favorite Argento movies, I’m totally floored by the first watch of this. It’s so beautiful, set at the base of the Swiss Alps and full of waterfalls, green meadows, and moonlight. The movie opens in the gorgeous countryside, and the stunning images just keep coming. Argento’s collaborators are aces; Giorgio Armani dresses the…

  • Mysterious Skin

    Mysterious Skin

    ★★★★★

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

    Spoiler warning. Content warning. This movie has extremely uncomfortable portrayals of child sexual abuse, and this review is kind of fucked up, too.

    This was the most exhilarating moviegoing experience I’ve ever had. I was already pumped to see a new Araki movie, and in a theater, which I’d never done. I’d discovered his movies not long before, and I loved his aesthetic: the punk queer B-movies, dark in content but wild in execution. They had clunky meandering plots, and…

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  • Army of the Dead

    Army of the Dead

    ★★★

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

    I came here for Tig! The woman looks great with a cigar, what can I say. Her line delivery feels a bit rushed— because Tig speaking at anything beyond a snail’s pace sounds rushed if you know her comedy. Maybe it was because she was replacing D’Elia and had to match his timing(?) Knowing that she was digitally inserted, that was all I could focus on, and while you can see the seams, I don’t think it would be obvious…

  • MouseHunt

    MouseHunt

    I would have been 12 when this came out, probably at least 13 by the time we rented it. I was not a cool kid, but I was in a great hurry to grow up and generally despised kids’ entertainment (and to be fair, it wasn’t all that great at the time: Pixar had released just one full length movie, Toy Story, which seemed fine but I thought it was overrated).

    Yet I remember just loving this movie, to my…

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  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape

    Sex, Lies, and Videotape

    ★★★★★

    I was terrified that this wouldn’t hold up. Instead I find it as breathtaking as I ever did, maybe even more so. I had forgotten how funny, and sweet, and gentle this is. That gentleness is what I love most about it, what it’s really “about,” and why I think it still feels fresh and startling and vulnerable decades later.

    This was one of those formative movies for me, expressing something that felt so true to my understanding of sex…

  • Beetlejuice

    Beetlejuice

    Like most people with a pulse, I prefer this older, homemade-looking Tim Burton style to the current, sadboi CGI Tim Burton stuff. I never get tired of Danny Elfman, though.


    See also: Tim Burton wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer