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  • To the Bone

    To the Bone

    ★½

    I'm tired of eating disorder films such as this one. They're overwrought and we don't need any more of them.

    We don't need to see how deep you were in your illness, how tiny you cut up your vegetables, how prominently your bones jutted out of your skin, how defiant you were at your treatment center. We know that people with eating disorders can starve themselves, purge meals, over-exercise, binge eat, chew and spit, etc. What we don't often know…

  • The Beguiled

    The Beguiled

    ★★★★

    I went into this with mixed feelings because I've yet to really love any of Sofia Coppola's films. She has a very alluring flare to her directing style, but her narratives tend to fall flat for me. While I can't say The Beguiled totally resolves my ambivalence toward her work, it has at least become a film of hers that seems to bring these elements together most successfully.

    Although I avoided engaging with too much promotional material, I fully expected…

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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    I wasn’t going to write another review of this film purely on principle, but given the astounding and baffling response to my previous (and admittedly: brief) write-up, I feel I might as well reply to the male outrage and their combative, redundant criticisms.

    Despite what many commentators seem to think, I do actually understand that people might see The Neon Demon as NWR’s critique of the fashion industry (or society in general) and the way it exploits women. However, I…

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    A prime example of why men should not be allowed to make films about women and/or the experience of being a woman. I knew going into this that I would hate it, but it far surpassed hatred and ventured into the realm of vehement disdain and disgust. 

    Most of the scathing reviews I've encountered on letterboxd have adamantly addressed the problematic nature of this film so I won't bother to waste any more of my time; but suffice to say,…