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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★

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

    103/200

    Maybe it's me but there's something kind of cheap and tawdry about giving your character a sort of accentuated handicap and playing it for scares? The treatment of Charlie broke the spell the movie attempts to cast in the first ten minutes. She produces a chocolate bar from her pocket that neither parent knows the origins of, hinting that she's one of those magic children movies love that just does things to which the parents of a heavily troubled…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★½

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

    94/200

    Lines that didn’t make it into my review: 

    “It is *about* the maid who raised Cuarón and his brothers and it is a lie...Roma’s narrative endgame is a stunning insult, a dismissal of Cleo’s agency as anything but a vestigial appendage of a family rich enough to wreck their cars on a whim...she loses her child and grieves for 16 minutes of a 2 hour and 15 minute movie. I timed it, keenly aware that she’d be ‘saved’ soon enough.”

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