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  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★★½

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

    Perfect Blue is a serial killer film, and the killer is patriarchal violence.

    Many films mine the tension between one's idealized self and the self one lives in reality to create drama and art*, few so adeptly recognize that for women, both of these sides are controlled by men. Perfect Blue is the story of pop icon Mima who decides to move from singing to acting and takes a minor role in a disgusting procedural show about grisly murders. But…

  • Superman

    Superman

    ★★

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  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3

    ★★★

    If Shane Black’s sense of humor was as refined and smart as his sense of action, this would be the best MCU movie by a country mile. But instead it’s a whiplash of empathy for Tony’s growing trauma and truly cruel jokes at side characters’ expense. Between breathless action scenes (the plane rescue is the best formal moment in 20 films) and a stilted and confusing waterfall of exposition and unclear themes.

    (7/15)

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    ★★★

    I still don’t know how to rate this movie. Is it worse than Ant-man and the Wasp, which I gave 3.5 stars to, or am I grading them both on curves based on expectations? Surely, no scene in the latter is going to stick with me the way the first T-rex attack sticks with me, a top 100 scene in film if ever there was one. While I look past some of the annoying aspects that are so ingrained in…

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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    Can anyone confirm that Refn has actually met a person?

  • Halloween

    Halloween

    ★★★★★

    John Carpenter is a history buff.

    No seriously, hear me out. I don't mean that I have knowledge of his scholarly habits, and that he is a voracious reader of history texts, but that above many directors, he has a respect for the context and history of a place while others too often ignore it.

    This is most clearly true in The Fog where the history of the town quite literally rises from the dead to enact vengeance on those…