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  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★★

    Nested narratives illustrate how what we do in life reverberates in our art, and how our art echoes it back to us. I found this movie to be surprisingly affecting, thanks in no small part to Jake Gyllenhaal's performance, and the scene with him and his family on the highway (the inciting incident of the whole film) filled me with such dread, I almost had to turn the movie off. He really is one of our best actors, and I'm…

  • Tragedy Girls

    Tragedy Girls

    ★★★★½

    A playful and disturbing deconstruction of the slasher movie genre that bridges the gap between the sociopathy of a serial killer and the sociopathy of two social media obsessed teenage girls. This is a dark (and I mean DARK) comedy, for sure, but it’s also a great horror movie too, utilizing well-worn tropes when necessary, and subverting them when not. The two leads have excellent chemistry together (I think I developed a crush on both of them) and really nail…

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★★

    This film will probably go down as one of the greatest sequels of all-time. It expanded on every idea presented in the original (and more) as well as filling out the physical world of the movie in amazing detail and color. The score was excellent, ambient and foreboding. And Ryan Gosling might've been perfectly cast, as he is able to convey so much sadness and longing in what is (essentially) a blank, robotic stare. And I can't remember the last time I saw a movie that felt this epic in scale with such a small cast. This was a triumph.

  • Curse of the Man Who Sees UFOs

    Curse of the Man Who Sees UFOs

    ★★★½

    Aside from the copious amounts of UFO footage, the real star of this documentary is its subject - an enigmatic and charming (if not slightly-unhinged) man obsessed with horror movies and the strange lights he's been filming in the sky. My favorite docs are always about people - focusing in on the infinitely complex way they try to fit into the world - and in that regard, Curse of the Man Who Sees UFOs certainly resonated with me.