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  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★½

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

    This isn't just one of the worst movies of the year.

    It might be one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

    It pissed me off in a way that movies so rarely do. I had so many objections with the structure, the stylistic choices, the writing and the representation of this movie that it exhausted me.

    Any attempts to further unpack all my problems with It have made me want to just shut down.

    I wasn't sure if…

  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    ★★★★½

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

    The Talented Mr. Ripley is a film of two halves. The first half consists of Tom lying his way into Dickie's life and falling more and more in love with the man, the way he lives and the freedom his wealth allows.

    The second half begins after Dickie is killed by Tom. And our hero assumes the dead man's identity and finds ways to escape capture each and every time by manipulating, by fabricating lies on the fly. By almost…

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  • King Kong vs. Godzilla

    King Kong vs. Godzilla

    ★★★

    Charming in its ambition and use of miniatures, costumes and human actors. Goofy in its overall execution.

    Really loved this as a kid.

    The depiction of indigenous people is certainly bad, but that octopus is still the grossest thing ever filmed up close.

  • Alive

    Alive

    ★★★

    Blame Ask a Mortician for my renewed interest in this harrowing story of survival.

    I watched Alive a lot as a kid (probably shouldn't have). I do appreciate how frank it is with the depiction of cannibalism. I believe that's how it really was up there in the Andes. Eat or die, the absurdity and direness of the situation must have created a lot of weird, nightmarish scenarios. But also, there was a normalization of survival via any means necessary.…

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    I wanted to compile a list of articles, videos and editorials that helped me dig deeper into Call Me By Your Name.

    How a Little Film Touched So Many Lives. Arranged/edited/curated by Barb Mirell. A book filled with stories from people who watched the movie and were deeply effected by its power. A large variety of demographics around the world are represented. A global fanbase. Profits from the book go to The Trevor Project which provides crisis and suicide prevention…

  • Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain

    ★★★★

    "They'll be there 'til the day they die."

    You don't find movies that are as well rounded as Brokeback Mountain everyday. Great script, great acting, GREAT cinematography, powerful score and very fine direction which captures the sparsity not only of the landscape but of the characters' lives. I found myself focusing too hard on the happenings, which is when I realized it's not a dense film. Nor does it need to be.

    I think I've seen this movie differently every…