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  • Black Sunday
  • The Changeling
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  • Jennifer's Body

  • The Spirit of the Beehive

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  • Jennifer's Body

    Jennifer's Body

    Date Night

    A satirical look at gender norms within a mid-2000s high-school setting and a killer demon possessed Megan Fox. A rarity for horror films, Jennifer’s Body never objectifies Jennifer’s actual body and uses incredible editing to suggest violence rather than glorify it. It is so well done that it seems intentional and stands out for this reason. The musical choices felt like a Time Machine transporting me back to high school, though most of the songs are terrible. Both of us laughed throughout and had fun with it. 

    Look for a cameo from Lance Henriksen.

  • The Spirit of the Beehive

    The Spirit of the Beehive

    A gorgeous film glazed in a shade of honey that touches on the magic of childhood. One thing film has a hard time with is portraying children realistically. Often they are just actors repeating memorized lines or are just doing what they are told. On top of that, the casting is superficial rather than intentional. With Spirit of the Beehive Ana gives one of cinema’s most engrossing childhood performances. Del Toro mentions on the Criterion supplement that Ana’s eyes allow…

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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★½

    Sound of Metal is a borderline insulting drama that paints by the numbers and dehumanizes its main character. 

    Now, I know everybody loves it. Just give me a chance to explain.

    1. Let me get a few things out of the way. Yes, the sound design is strong. Yes, I appreciate that it does not focus on music and barely uses any score at all.
    Riz Ahmed carries the film, but he’s not putting forth a groundbreaking performance. He only…

  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    *praying*: "Jesus? I mean, what the fuck!?"
     
    Imagine a stew filled with all the ingredients from Stephen King novels: Drunk fathers, child-killers, girls with visions, school-yard bullies, and top it with some 70s style cheese and you have Black Phone. From the opening shot which contains a brief product placement for Coors Light, it feels like we have been transported to the 1970s, which is a credit. Speaking of credit, the opening credits sequence is also followed by a…