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  • The Haunting of Sharon Tate

    The Haunting of Sharon Tate

    ½

    It’s difficult to put any effort into reviewing something that felt like no effort was put into making. The Haunting of Sharon Tate is shockingly lazy, and not worth anyone’s time. I checked this out because I heard the buzz about how bad it was, but there’s no unintentional laughs to have here. You will be bored, and then offended that you paid for it (or at least wasted your time on it), and then you will move on and forget everything about it. That’s my plan, anyway.

  • Season of the Devil

    Season of the Devil

    ★★★

    This was my first foray into the filmography of Laz Diaz, a Filipino director and prominent figure in the ‘slow cinema’ movement, which I was not acquainted with at all before the viewing of this film. Slow cinema is defined by its long runtimes and minimal dialogue, so it seems to be designed specifically to challenge the sensibilities – and patience – of conventional movie-goers. Season of the Devil clocks in at almost four hours long, but is not even…

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  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    ★★★★

    You may think you’re cool, but you’ll never be Elliott Gould as Detective Philip Marlowe cool.

    One of the great neo-noirs, this film takes a story that feels like it came out of the 1940’s but updates it with a grimy tone (not just dark like film noir) and a heightened sense of stakes and violence that fits for the 1970s. This isn’t a gory film, but there are certain genuine shocking moments of violence (one involving a Coke bottle…

  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★★★

    I’m just going to say this up top: I believe this belongs right beside 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining as one of Kubrick’s finest films.

    This was my second time watching this – it’s been about a year since I saw it the first time and I’m surprised I waited so long to revisit it. I think the first half of this film is some of the best representation of war ever put to celluloid. Often times we…