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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★

    A damning critique of modern America. Jordan Peele's strange, socio-political home invasion follow up is proof that he's no fluke, showing just how much of a strong grasp he has on the horror genre; knowing that it flourishes best when used as a vehicle for some underlying real world issue. Here, it slowly reveals itself through tons of symbolism that is honestly kind of overwhelming at first glance, and might need another viewing to fully unpack all of it. But…

  • Manhunter

    Manhunter

    ★★★★★

    Oh, hell yeah. Mann's adaptation of the Lector mythos is a gripping police procedural bathed in stark shadow & vibrant lighting, with a kick-ass soundtrack to boot. Instead of opting for exploitation, Mann goes for a more humane approach. There's a level of restraint to the on screen violence here that honestly took me a bit by surprise; by opting to not show any of the horrific murders, or aftermaths, of the tooth fairy serial killer, the film puts us in…

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  • Climax

    Climax

    ★★★

    Danceploitation. Bodies moving, but not being able to escape the neon-hazed prison they unfortunately become trapped in. Wild, idiosyncratic cinema; even if it ultimately boils down to Noé just doing an exorcise in pure shock value with not much else of substance. But the dance performances were quite something, especially those prolonged overhead shots. Sofia Boutella is quite good here too; totally loved her homage scene to POSSESSION.

    Also, how funny is it that this and Jordan Peele’s US begins the exact same way, even down to the inspirations to their respective movies in the form of VHS tapes stacked on the sides?

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★★

    “Consequences...”

    We all know what we’re in for after already two high powered action films full of well polished choreography & swarms and swarms of flying bullets, and this *really* delivers more of that sweet,sweet spectacle. While I personally don’t think it reaches the sobering melancholic high point of its predecessor, I still had such a blast as the movie (and wick himself) navigates more of this large shadowy network of assassins as he tries to survive his excommunicado.
     
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  • Like Father

    Like Father

    ★★★

    The only thing more shocking that this is a decent netflix original is Seth Rogen's character was offered a joint and he declined. Enjoyable family- reconnecting film.

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★★

    A beautiful ballet of headshots that plunges Wick into a neon painted bona fide tragedy. Doomed to a life to what he does best because as much as he’d like to think he’s been over this life, it’s *all* he knows. God bless Keanu Reeves. Anyone who thinks the first one is better (understandable, but wrong [jk]), just look to the first fight between Wick & Cassian; slick as hell choreography , perfectly placed cuts to showcase the fluidity & geography of the fight, both actors giving their all—its a marvel.

    Can not wait for part 3 tonight!!