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  • But I'm a Cheerleader

    But I'm a Cheerleader

    ★★★★½

    What an abomination of a clip art poster lmao. Don't skip this movie based on the poster it's so good

  • Lost Highway

    Lost Highway

    ★★★★½

    Watched on a 2000s DVD with infamously abysmal image quality, which has apparently also been a problem with later releases. The unconventional sound design is still something to behold. “Song to the Siren” appears almost subliminally twice before the climax, and then blasts. The Rammstein is, like, so loud, but the early Fred-Renae dialogue scenes are nearly inaudible. Lynch beckons to listen harder, then attacks with noise.

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  • The Host

    The Host

    ★★★★

    The Host probably plays to viewers many different ways. Some might be more affected by the existential dread and fear generated by its deformed, radioactive sea monster. Others may take more from its heartwarming, and ultimately tragic, examination of the archetypal South Korean family. I laughed too hard at its ramming of U.S. foreign policy, and governmental and media responses at-large to disasters. When the Park family hysterically weeps for their kidnapped daughter, Hyun-seo, I was crying with joy.

    Where…

  • The Birds

    The Birds

    ★★★★★

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

    Pleasure re-watching for Halloween convinced me that Melanie's lovebirds cause Bodega Bay's birds to lose control — not Melanie specifically. Foreboding wide shots tracking Melanie's progress as she boats over to Mitch's house prudently suggest that the socialite is being watched. But, not by Mitch — not at first. The birds flying above see their caged counterparts, and something snaps. Of course, Hitchcock never shows the watchers directly. For instance, he doesn't present what-would-be campy scenes of birds "scheming" together.…