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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★½

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

    I think that was a happy ending? Much like the final minutes of Hereditary, I'm not convinced the endings of either movie are truly earned, yet I can admire Ari Aster's craft. Midsommar is certainly a sight to behold, with its pulsating colourful floral patterns that seem to have a life of their own, the angelic, unsettling glow of the clothing worn by the villagers, and the rituals that are choreographed with synchronized precision. From the beginning of the film,…

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★½

    What is it like living with PTSD? Lynn Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here attempts to simulate the effects of this mental health condition through the subjective lens of Joe, a hit man for hire who looks after his aging mother while also dealing with past trauma. Like a ghost wandering about the earth trying to put his soul to rest, Joe attempts to reckon with his past through violence and vengeance, rescuing girls from the sex trade, yet fails…

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  • A Silent Voice

    A Silent Voice

    ★★★★½

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

    Beautiful, complex, and touching. My only issue with it is that there is almost too much material here to condense into a feature length movie, as there are so many rich themes to be explored further regarding self-worth and identity, friendship, suicide, and depression. It is clear at the end of the film that the characters' journeys toward restoration and healing are far from over, but we are given just enough hope in the final frame to realize that Ishido…

  • Only God Forgives

    Only God Forgives

    ★★★½

    Where Drive felt like a nostalgic dream, Only God Forgives feels more like a primal neon-fueled nightmare. With that being said, the only thing linking the two is the style, which involves depictions of the things that arouse Refn the most - sex, violence, and a smoldering Ryan Gosling. Those expecting a delicious second course to his previous work may find themselves spitting this one out, as it isn't what it appears based on its cool neon presentation. Despite its…

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  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★½

    Green Room is Saulnier's transition from primary colours to secondary colours.

    This time he experiments with a palette of natural and artificial greens, reflecting the true and artificial nature of the characters portrayed in the film. A common thread between this and Blue Ruin is how Saulnier exposes his characters. At first, they seem to have a tough exterior, but traumatic events in the film reveal their true and vulnerable selves.

    The Ain't Rights are no exception, a punk band…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★½

    Batman v Superman: Yawn of Justice

    I went into this movie with pretty low expectations after seeing Man of Steel. It wasn't a terrible movie by any means, but really wasn't that good either. Snyder was given a difficult task of setting up a Justice League movie in only two films, while there was more work done to set up the Avengers. I am still trying to figure out if this could have been a better film, or if Snyder…