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  • The Silence

    The Silence

    ★★★★

    Finally was able to see this after wanting to for a long time, and while it didn't quite live up to the religion-tinged nightmare of alienation in my head, it is a very potent, hypnotic and shadow-soaked parable that's both very clear and very remote at the same time. There's a lot of overlap with Bergman's other work and the themes he's interested in (a couple of shots from Persona in particular) that make me wonder how this would play…

  • A-X-L

    A-X-L

    ★★

    weirdly low-energy and listless for a movie about a boy and his hunter-killer robot that thinks it's a dog, this film, the debut of writer-director Oliver Daly that's apparently based on a crowdfunded short, is clearly inspired by 80s works like Short Circuit and Batteries Not Included, and maybe just a little by Iron Giant---the thing is, maybe it's the budget or maybe it's just the times we're living in, but Daly seems to be striving to make the day…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    It's sort of tricky to know what to say after this one--on the one hand, I'm pretty sure a lot of other people are articulating things better in their reviews, and on the other hand, I'm still recuperating from the experience of this one. That said, I feel like I should write something, so a few points:

    +I was worried about seeing it in 3D, but the film's color palate is bright enough that it didn't feel like I lost…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★½

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

    Some thoughts about Under the Skin:

    1) It feels like the key scene is the baby on the beach. The more that I think about it in fact, the entire movie is babies on beaches.

    2) There's a horrible sort of irony in the film's narrative, elliptical though it is--alien disguises self as Scarlett Johansson to seduce, trap, and destroy men through their sex drives, alien ends up trapped and destroyed, alone in the woods because all the men it…