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  • The Dead Don't Die

    The Dead Don't Die

    ★★★

    The Earth is dying and we’re all zombies too distracted by consumer culture to do anything about it. I mean, Jim’s not wrong, but his answer in the Tom Waits character of leaving society and living in the woods is a pretty dubious ethical position. The movie ranges from a genuinely terrifying presentation of ecological catastrophe to a tiresome grandpa yelling at his kids to get off their phones. Jarmusch uses tone brilliantly as usual to make just the absolute…

  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    Long Day's Journey Into Night

    ★★★★★

    Maybe spoilers? This isn't really the kind of movie that has anything to spoil, but I'm going to unpack a lot of the events of the film, so if you're a spoiler-sensitive viewer you should probably just see the movie before reading anything at all

    Okay, let's start with the basics, and apologies in advance if this is all to obvious. First and foremost, the movie takes place in two parts, the first in 2D and mostly in static, frequently…

  • Pandorum

    Pandorum

    ★★★

    space madness yarn with a neat premise and some fun costume & makeup. tbh i'd struggle to call it "good"—the action and horror elements are pretty mediocre, and the amnesia plot device is cheap & simplistic—but if (like me) you're an Event Horizon apologist or someone who genuinely loves the last act of Sunshine then do yourself a favor and check this one out

  • The Sisters Brothers

    The Sisters Brothers

    ★★★★

    john c reilly is so frickin wholesome in this movie and joaquin phoenix is all "i'm a symbol of the emergence of capitalism, i'll sell you out for a penny!" god damn

  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    Long Day's Journey Into Night

    ★★★★★

    Rust. Rubble. Erosion. Memories fractured and evaporating; life as a basement filling up with water only to burn down. We dream of fulfillment, but these fantasies are fabricated from half-forgotten fragments, always an attempt to make the transitory eternal—and yet, although this construction is false in a way, it acquires truth from the energy we invest in it. Life is a movie, and while we’re not the director, we have agency to act out our desires, to will part of this story into becoming our story

    This movie is Mulholland Drive. It’s Vertigo. It’s everything

  • The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

    The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

    ★★★★

    childhood trauma as existential loneliness, forced to live alone with your eternal guilt—and die with it

  • The Sisters Brothers

    The Sisters Brothers

    ★★★★

    "This place is an abomination" vs "When are we gonna go home?"

    Two brothers who can't stand each other and two enemies who find friendship, but we're all just looking for a place to rest in this awful world we have to line in

    "We're just tired, ma"

  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    ★★★

    I mean, obviously the problem isn't that there's too much monster nonsense in the monster-nonsense movie; on the contrary, if anything there's too much attempted human drama. This is a very classic monster-as-allegory movie, with Godzilla & Co. standing in for the damage humanity has done to the earth, and compared to that the little people just don't matter. Don't get me wrong, I think we need emotional grounding for the themes to work (Godzilla & Mothra gotta get together the same…

  • Face the Music

    Face the Music

    ★★★

    Found a massive collection of Hammer noirs in a dusty corner of the library and can't wait to watch them all!

    This one's more Agatha Christie than Billy Wilder, but it does have some noir flavor in the snappy dialogue and the way it seems we can never trust anyone, not to mention the (literal) femme fatale

    A talented but overworked trumpeter spends his first night free from obligations out on the town with a beautiful lounge singer, but when he wakes up she's dead—and he's the prime suspect

    Terence Fisher

  • Shadow

    Shadow

    ★★★★

    Yin as the uncanny shadow under Yang

    Obviously there's a lot of yin/yang symbolism here, and while I'm not really the one to unpack it, I can say that Jing learning a feminine fighting style from a Princess (Yin is traditionally characterized as feminine) in order to defeat the masculine Commander Yang is definitely some structural metaphor I can get down with

    Oh and yeah it's all ridiculously beautiful

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★

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

    Okay yes I still don't really like it, but here's the thing: I do really like the first ~45 minutes, and I really like the funeral and the end. The first act is great at articulating the pain of loss and trauma and how different people deal with it in different ways—Cap starts a support group, and Hulk finds himself, and Nat throws herself into her work—and these are all valid expressions of and reactions to despair. The first act…

  • Thunder on the Hill

    Thunder on the Hill

    ★★★

    "If I could only be sure that in changing my life I've succeeded in changing my self."

    A doubting nun is trapped with a murderer on death's row during a flood; in consoling the condemned, the nun vicariously traverses her own crisis of faith. Do our acts and our performance affect our self, our soul? How do we redeem ourselves when we've fallen from grace? Or, in more secular terms, how do we live with ourselves when we've done something…