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  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    ★★★★½

    hello lovelies! i’m not marking this review as containing spoilers, because i want to say some things that are very important to me, much as in my review of the master. but! i will be talking about the ending of this film in detail, so please be forewarned. and make no mistake: THE ENDING IS ESSENTIAL. content warning for lots of discussion of abuse.

    the central uncertainty here isn't, as a lot of people have thought, ‘is howard abusive or is…

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★★

    if i quote you in this review, i promise i don’t hate you or dislike you; i love and respect your work, which is why i’m engaging with you! ❤

    it’s properly gobsmacking how many people misinterpret this movie. or movies about abuse in general. i’m not trying to say that this film is difficult; it’s elliptical, sure, but not in any sense puzzlingly so. every scene has a direct connection to the next and completely understands its place in…

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  • A Streetcar Named Desire

    A Streetcar Named Desire

    ★★★

    was all set to talk about blanche’s description of high-school english literature as hawthorne & whitman & poe, and how much this whole text in itself feels like a high-school english required reading—probably is in some places—and also note oh hey huey long mention wow! but by the time the lights came up parts of my body were moving involuntarily and shortly after that i was in fairly unpleasant convulsions, even if admittedly for only a few seconds, so i guess this film has that going for it, or against it, left as an interesting exercise for the interested reader

  • The Beguiled

    The Beguiled

    ★½

    ‘i’m delirious about our new cooker fitment with the eye-level grill. this means that without my having to bend down, the hot fat can squirt straight into my eye

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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.…