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  • In the Cut

    In the Cut

    ★★★★

    my first jane campion!

    the shallow focus and grimy yet multicolored textures of dion beebe's cinematography cast new york as a seedy metropolis, much like many movies have before, but through the eyes of ryan's main character, a woman attempting to maintain her own sexual agency when multiple men try to take it from her, and one of them could be a killer; nicole kidman was originally attached to the role, and meg ryan is clearly drawing from her, but…

  • Just Go with It

    Just Go with It

    ★★★

    "ok, he's losing it"

    this one was the first sandler/dugan collab ive seen in a very long time, so i was very unprepared for how relaxed this movie is... it almost feels like entirely improv (which is also part of the plot), where they allow the actors to literally laugh at what the other person comes up with in the scene! and sometimes it feels like they're literally just letting one person (*cough* swardson *cough*) riff for way too long.…

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★

    There are some very obvious logical missteps; sometimes the film can be overly expository (which sound strange for a mostly-silent film, but I mean it for both dialogue and for visual language); the few jumpscares kinda sucked; and the ending left me somewhat dissatisfied. Despite those cons, I thoroughly enjoyed A Quiet Place. It is a tour-de-force of 90-minute, tense, gripping horror from John Krasinski. All the performances are fantastic (kudos to deaf-in-real-life actress Millicent Simmonds), the cinematography is gritty…

  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    ★★★★★

    FINALLY THEY'VE COME TO THEIR SENSES AND LEFT IT UP! THIS IS A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!

    Wow. After the original series 20 years ago Lynch decided to came back and make... A season? A film? No, something which transcends the boundaries of it all. The abstract concepts, the sheer filmmaking prowess, the completely committed performances, the entrancing visuals and plot, the surprising amount of humor, the gorgeous soundtrack and "live" Roadhouse performances, the random detours which simultaneously feel like they've gone…