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  • Rain Man

    Rain Man

    ★★

    There is a depth to Raymond that is both sad and admirable on the filmmakers' part: There's no "he just needed to escape the system" growth narrative, there's a sadness in his inability to rationalize his surroundings, and Charlie is clearly an ignorant asshole for not recognizing this. I also get that 30 years ago our understanding of autism, both medically and publicly, was nowhere near what it is today and the portrayal is not completely inaccurate.

    Yet there's something…

  • Hooker with a Hacksaw

    Hooker with a Hacksaw

    ★★½

    Delivers on the title.

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  • Ghost Stories

    Ghost Stories

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

    Punishes its protagonist for the horrible crime of ... exposing frauds and exploiters?

    An attempt at an anthology style horror film with no sense for how to do the wrap around segments, wholly underwhelming with terrible dialogue delivered poorly even by a veteran like Martin Freeman.

    I'll admit to being spooked during the night watchman sequence, but even that drops the ball in its reveal. Whereas the kid who finds a demon and the rest of the jump scare laden…

  • House

    House

    ★★★★★

    Screening at the Harvard Film Archive with Obayashi in person. Best part of the Q&A came when someone asked if Gorgeous was being punished for her treatment of her stepmother or if she was simply a victim of circumstance. Obayashi's cheerful response:

    "All human beings deserve to be punished."