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  • Quo Vadis, Aida?

    Quo Vadis, Aida?

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    I've been watching so much junk lately* that I may be slightly overrating Quo Vadis, Aida? ... but if so, it's not by much. This is a stomach-churning, propulsive, immaculately acted and crafted horror story about a genocide I wasn't aware of. There's so much to unpack, and I'm out of practice ... but suffice to say it's thought-provoking, engaging, and horrifying in equal measure. I'm quite stunned. This is the kind of thing I should be watching, not Pirates of the Caribbean 6: The Haunted Crow's Nest or Something, Who Gives a Crap.






    *It's been a rough semester, okay?

  • Lake Mungo

    Lake Mungo

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    A creepy but understated found-footage mockumentary about processing grief, and also maybe ghosts. A teen girl dies and her family begin to experience strange phenomena. All of them secretly want to believe that she's somehow still there with them - they even briefly believe she may still be alive. They cling to that hope for far longer than is probably healthy ... but what if there's something to it? Not every detour into Alice's life is rewarding, and at times…

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

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    The Great MCU Disney+ Rewatch

    Note: Spoilers for both Infinity War and Endgame in this review

    I re-read my review of this from a couple years ago and you know what, my feelings haven't changed at all. The only real difference is that the longer these movies sit with me, the angrier I get at how Gamora is sidelined and killed here. I said in my initial review that I don't really buy the relationship between Thanos and Gamora, and…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

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    The Great MCU Disney+ Rewatch

    Very obviously one of the best MCU movies, from an honest-to-god auteur whose fingerprints are all over the first two-thirds or so. Succeeds in building an entire world with such specificity that it already feels lived-in and real. Succeeds in cementing Black Panther's status as a great hero, building on everything that made him captivating in Civil War while surrounding him with the most compelling cast of characters this side of the Avengers (seriously, the…

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

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    I miss Sally Menke. I will not pretend to understand exactly what she brought to Quentin Tarantino's filmography - I have only fuzzy ideas of what an editor does and how he/she does it. I could not describe to you the rhythm of a scene or a film, except to say that I can feel when it is off. And Tarantino, when he was working with Menke, was never off.

    His films since her passing have had a shaggy, shapeless…

  • Silent Hill

    Silent Hill

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    Dare you dare you double dare you

    I've seen Silent Hill a number of times - this is probably my fourth or fifth viewing - and every time, I'm reminded of its inherent contradictions. On the one hand, the dialogue and the performances are often wooden, the exposition is mind-numbing, and the Sean Bean scenes, forced on director Christophe Gans by the studio, are dull as dishwater (his original conception of an all-female film sounds much more interesting, and indeed,…