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  • Night Cries

    ★★★★★

  • Hotel Transylvania 2

    ★½

  • Mad God

    ★★★

  • The Enchanting Shadow

    ★★

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  • The Nightingale's Prayer

    The Nightingale's Prayer

    ★★★★★

    Viewed with the Amazing Edith’s *Collab Film Group*.

    Where the cotton-like curves of cloud cover sky, where the billowing leaves of palm trees fall prey to the wind, where sand dunes are endless motifs, where the rivers flow unbridled, the world is actually tyrannical; their faces covered, their reputations besmirched, their opportunities limited.

    Where oppressive geometric shapes overwhelm, where the shadows of window stiles fall on naive faces, where there is a particular set of rules, the Master’s home is actually…

  • Heaven's Gate

    Heaven's Gate

    ★★★★★

    I was eleven years old when I first laid eyes upon the lone fiddler on roller skates that corralled the onlooking-people to the sepia-toned roller rink. Then the rich folksy, blue-grass rhythms joined hands with the golden dust that bounced off the wooden floorboards. It was an infectious, utterly hypnotic moment for me. I remember finding a seat next to my grandfather (on his couch that would engulf any human within its infinite leather folds) and feeling the warmth come…

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  • Night Cries

    Night Cries

    ★★★★★

    In the shadows of the Garden we find a place of unfulfilled dreams, of broken promises, faced with what He knows will be a horrific death. Jesus asks of his apostles the simplest of all tasks: to simply stay awake. Not to help him fight, not to help him escape, but to simply stay awake and keep him company in his last moments. It is so easy to wage war on behalf of something, on behalf of an ideal, but…

  • Hotel Transylvania 2

    Hotel Transylvania 2

    ★½

    I honestly can’t determine if it’s a problem that I want more David Spade in this. With my recent adventure into Chris Farley’s personal life, my answer actually leans more toward “yay” than “nay”, and the more I’m convinced Spade is the lost, sardonic straight man of his generation. Sort of sad and appropriate he’s cast here as the Invisible Man. 

    Viewed on Xfinity.

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  • Mad God

    Mad God

    ★★★

    It feels absolutely wrong to give something so filled with artistic vision, creative heartache, and endless amounts of time anything less than the near perfect or perfect score. Yet as much as I love stop-motion, this does not allow me to give this feature full praise. For something that has now taken 30 years to come to fruition, it makes sense that there is so little in way of narrative and we are instead gifted with a world so full…

  • The Enchanting Shadow

    The Enchanting Shadow

    ★★

    Viewed with the Amazing Edith’s *Collab Film Group* for our Halloween Battle Royale. Year 1960. 

    I may be having an epiphany of sorts. Every horror film viewed thus far for our Halloween Battle Royale greatly overlaps with romance and various romantic tropes. Is this sheer coincidence? What provokes the two to come together? Is horror attempting to subvert love with twisted archetypes? Where I usually find romance intriguing and engaging and fruitful to the ongoing themes and stories, I have found struggling…