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  • Evil Dead II

    Evil Dead II

    ★★★½

    #tbt (but still on a monday) to the time a (very fun) christian screamo/hardcore/who knows band wrote a pretty good song (controversial, of course) about this film. sample lyric:

    a chainsaw can remove a limb
    or act as a replacement

    which sounds supplemental in the derridean sense, and, you know, i think there’s really something to that homophony. admittedly most of the imagery here is freudian or lacanian—‘this is my father’s voice’, desperately trying to keep parental ghouls locked in…

  • In the Mouth of Madness

    In the Mouth of Madness

    ★★★½

    how you treat your characters says so, so much about what you think of (and hence how you treat) people

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★½

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

    i don’t like being contrarian. i mean, i love championing underappreciated films, but slamming something this immediately beloved feels awful and cynical in a way i never want to be. and i wanted so much to love this. but to me, it feels like this year’s world of tomorrow: a universally-acclaimed 101-level (and at times completely false) treatment of certain scientific ideas in service of a startlingly reactionary message. i really understand your potential objections to this characterisation, because i…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★½

    so imagine demy (but, like, only an okay version) directed detention (but, like, only an okay version) and sprinkled on its four corners the blood of badlands (but, like, only an okay version) and wrapped the whole thing up in the hide of bojack horseman (but, like, only an okay version). i adore musicals with all my heart & mind & soul & strength so please know it is with a heavy heart (& mind etc.) i must announce: this is aggressively mediocre.…