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  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★★★★

    SDiFF 2018: Movie #4

    “I don’t want to make people think too much.”

    After a two hour drive back into the city, my head is still pounding from Vox Lux. I want to say so much, but I think the mystery surrounding this one is for the best. It’s dark, upsetting, and surprisingly philosophical in a way that just barely avoids pretentiousness. It’s taken to an extreme, of course, but I never felt that this wasn’t an honest picture. 

    This…

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★½

    SDiFF 2018: Movie #3

    Definitely not a Yorgos Lanthimos script, but it may be his best movie. It creeps its way from straight comedy to straight drama, but throughout, there’s much to enjoy on every side. While the story itself is full of delightful details and shocking moments, it’s the characters that really let The Favourite shine. They’re all greatly exaggerated and melodramatic in their actions, yet never in a way that feels untruthful to who they are. The dynamics…

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  • Twin Peaks

    Twin Peaks

    ★★½

    me, running as fast as i can: "i appreciate your style, i just don't get it! please, leave me alone!"
    david lynch, galloping after me and playing a trumpet: "negativity is the enemy of creativity"

  • The Emoji Movie

    The Emoji Movie

    It's nearly impossible to review this film without writing about the sex scenes, and that's part of the problem. In depicting the intensity of first love, it's reasonable to present sex with a similar intensity, yet the duration and graphic nature of the sex scenes is so great that they pull focus from the rest of the narrative. Additionally, these scenes do nothing to propel the narrative forward, resulting in an uncomfortable, albeit arousing, stagnation. For a film that's already…