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  • The Sisters Brothers

    The Sisters Brothers

    ★★★★

    On my second watch I found myself thinking a lot about generational trauma, and about violent men dealing with the violence of their own fathers (something also dealt with extensively in You Were Never Really Here). Managing to retain the wit and rowdiness of the Western genre while dealing with toxic masculinity and trauma in a considered way seems like a hard thing to pull off, but it works. The strength of the bond of the brothers despite the challenges…

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★

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

    Definitely has its issues, especially in the final act - a little exposition doesn't bother me but it could easily have been trimmed down to maintain the tension of the final face off. The success of this is how consistently tense and scary I found it from the first appearance of the 'shadows' right until the underground sequence (I am predisposed to find doppelgängers pretty frightening already) and how well the comedy is played off without diminishing the terror.

    It…

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  • Red Sparrow

    Red Sparrow

    ★★

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

    This felt like a movie that men would think is really empowering for women. 

    Being forced into fulfilling men’s every desire while being subjected to endless psychological and physical torture in order to just cling to your life  is not empowering. 

    The way the movie kept insisting on stripping Dominika of her clothing and lingering on her body was too indulgent of a male fantasy and undercut any suggestion of her being in control of the situation. 
    I kept waiting…

  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★

    One of the problems with the anthology format is that you inevitably like some of the segments more than others - in this case it’s particularly hard to follow the first short (the eponymous Buster Scruggs was easily the most enjoyable of the 6 parts) but the highs generally outweigh the lows. 

    It’s worth noting though that the cast is overwhelmingly white and male (except for only two notable female characters) which seems like a missed opportunity to explore other experiences of the West.