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  • The Wild Pear Tree

    The Wild Pear Tree

    ★½

    Ceylan is generally pretty good at presenting unlikeable protagonists who are subtly petty and selfish and yet still rather engrossing, able to carry an indulgently long movie. That said I think he got knocked off balance here. The lead is fairly entertaining in the first 45 min or so, but becomes too unbearably nasty by the film's conclusion. There isn't much to learn from in his behavior, he's just patronizing and snotty, a self-important academic who looks down upon the…

  • Wanda

    Wanda

    ★★★★½

    "He's mad cause I'm here."

    Had sorta shrugged this off in the past, but found it overwhelming this time! Loden's empathy for her protagonist is so great and massive that it elevates her bleak narrative to a mythic scale. The weight of the world's misogyny articulated on screen, in her performance.

    Had to go to work immediately after seeing this /:

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    I love the attention to detail in this movie, the small touches and considered nuances that really flesh out this world, like the white board that John Krasinski has had up for over a year that says some shit like

    Survive:
    Medical Supplies
    Sound proof

    Creature:
    ARMOR
    Sound??

    WHAT IS THEIR WEAKNESS?!?

  • Death Wish

    Death Wish

    ★★★½

    A stunning subversion of the original source material ala Starship Troopers, Eli Roth takes the faux-cathartic, objectionable murder reveries of the Bronson original and pares away the tough guy grime. The results are pretty horrifying and perhaps even better than my star rating suggests (though there's some dicey plotting here) - fuckhead dad as wanna be superhero, the forgotten white man attempting to assert himself on the world through clumsy, arbitrary violence.

    In this sense its an apt continuation of…