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  • Ganja & Hess

    Ganja & Hess

    ★★★★★

    Hess: "Do you still think I'm psychotic?"
    Ganja: "Of course!"

    I'm trying to preoccupy myself from Super Bowl coverage (I'm a huge New Orleans Saints fan--don't get me started). This avoidance has led me to the most interesting double feature I've ever experienced--The Wife and Ganja & Hess. From the whitest, blandest, most unnecessary film to the blackest, boldest, undefinable cinematic achievement.

    It's remarkable to think that we almost lost this film, although I can definitely understand why producers made their…

  • Night of the Comet

    Night of the Comet

    ★★★★½

    On one hand, I wonder how I missed this movie in the 80s. I remember it being on HBO or Cinemax a lot. I was really into comets at the time, being around 10 and Haley's Comet fast approaching. Perhaps I tried watching it at one point and couldn't get into the tone. Which brings me to the other hand--I'm glad I missed this at the time because I'm not sure I would have enjoyed it in my youth.

    This…

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  • Underground

    Underground

    ★★★★★

    Like Come and See, here is another film I tried to watch years ago but could not get into at the time. I’m glad that I decided to give it another go.


    It’s kind of amazing to think about this film winning the Palme d’Or a year after Pulp Fiction. The two films are vastly thematically different, but both are visionary in their own ways.


    I am admittedly pretty ignorant about the history of Yugoslavia as well as the civil…

  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    ★★½

    This film is not necessarily bad, just extremely unnecessary. Especially considering it was made by the same filmmaker who released the Ted Bundy tapes documentary this year as well.

    People keep telling me that this film is different since it is from the perspective of his girlfriend. But is it from her perspective? Sometimes. But most of the film is a reenactment of the trial and does not involve Lily Collins’ character, other than some scenes of her watching it…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    Dry. Desolate. Vast. Endless. The wasteland, the titular Fury Road, is the main character of this film.

    One of my favorite aspects of the Mad Max series is the hope that many of the characters maintain despite their circumstances. Every group feels as if there is a better place than the one they are currently in, including the children of Beyond Thunderdome who seem to have it the best out of anyone. Here, the women dream of "The Green Place"…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★½

    I watched this film on Sunday, and it has admittedly taken me a few days to really gather my thoughts about the film as a whole.

    For one thing, this movie was the last one during a glorious weekend where I saw Hereditary on Friday and The Rider on Saturday. So I may have felt a little fatigue (I'm not sure how people watch so many movies at film festivals--but I still hope to make it to one someday).

    I…