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  • The Ritual

    The Ritual

    ★★★

    Eh, not too sure what to make of all the various elements of this film - there’s definitely some Blair witch stuff going on, a bit off internal psychological trauma, a bit of exotification of Swedish people...
    It all comes together too sloppily. Specifically, Luke’s trauma of not helping his friend and thus indirectly causing his friend to die re-surfaces way too much throughout the film but is also not properly dealt with at the end.

    Maybe it’s just me but the cinematography and design of the beast was not scary at all.

    Trying too hard.

  • Side Effects

    Side Effects

    ★★★★

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

    It’s hard to put my feelings about this film into words. On the one hand, I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense, the mood, and the acting. The film was unpredictable in the most delightful way, and makes good logical sense. 
    I’m not sure about how it deals with and makes sinister the concept of depression — it somehow feeds off of a anxiety about faking a mental illness, which has been a sensitive topic these few years. This is inseparable from…

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  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★

    You are just a bastard. A bastard in a basket!

    There Will Be Blood exudes a revolting but also seductive oily texture.

    Literally, Daniel seems to always be drenched in either the black, thick oil he is mining or his own perspiration (I just want to exfoliate his skin and unclog the pores and let it ~breathe~). Then, on a broader level, scenes seem to be coated with an uncomfortable layer of greed and madness - Daniel's love for his…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    Kubrick’s eye for cinematic beauty is just amazing, especially in the maze scenes and Danny’s tricycle scenes. Every shot, every angle manages to have an eerie, warped charge, whether something actually scary is there or not.


    Admittedly, I spent the first half of the movie getting insanely frustrated at Wendy - Jack would flip shit on her and she’d just gawk with her wide eyes and whimper ‘I’m sorry Jack, I just wanted to visit you’ or something and I’m…