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  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night

    ★★★½

    A house. An apocalypse. An interloper. An air of fear, desire, and mistrust. This could actually make an interesting companion to Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled.

    Apart from the taut, claustrophobic atmosphere, though, this movie is just not as intense as I think it's trying to be; and, frankly, I'm not sure it's actually saying much.

  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★

    Definitely "psychosexual," jeezus. There's so much rape and exploitation here, I'm actually really glad that it's animated. In a way, I feel like it allows the film to comment on these horrifying (omg so horrifying) acts instead of participating in them.

    The story also has me thinking a lot about Disney Channel princesses like Miley Cyrus, Vanessa Hudgens, etc., who just EXPLODE with sexuality after they leave the network. But for them it seems that sex is a purposeful rebellion against the stifling, childish "purity" mandated by the Disney brand. Mima here, however, is truly childishly pure, and naive and passive to the point of absurdity.

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  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★★

    Yes, it's violent and vulgar, but it's not nearly as clever or revolutionary as it seems to think it is. I think if a movie wants to subvert tropes, it should actually, you know, SUBVERT them, not just call attention to its own use of them ('Look, we've got a hot damsel in distress!' 'Look, we've got a generic British villain!' 'Look, we've got a superhero landing!' etc). Also, I guess I just don't find dick jokes as funny as everyone else does apparently.

  • 28 Days Later

    28 Days Later

    ★★★★

    Hoop-Tober 2.0 Film #3

    "I promised them women."

    Quite possibly the most terrifying sentence I have ever heard in a film. And that is why I love horror movies like this -- because the true horror lies not in what the monsters do to people, but in what normal people choose to do to each other. After all, the infection here is just that: a disease. It has no agency, no motive. But people do. They choose to deceive, to…