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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    There’s so much beauty in this world that it’s easy to miss, it’s easy to focus on the headlines that constantly perturb or distract us from what life’s really about. Some of us are forced to hide who we are, living in fear of the bigotry and hatred from those who surround us; when everyone really wants the same thing in life, happiness. It’s films like this encapsuled with endless bounds of goodness to remind us of how beautiful it…

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  • The Lodge

    The Lodge

    ★★★★

    Not only can I understand the film’s vast criticism, but I have little to say in its defense. Yes, the entire dollhouse aspect seems to be an ill-inspired riff on a similar element in Hereditary, which comes off as silly and forced in the film. Yes, the logic to this film is rather nonexistent, but to judge the film solely of these aspects would mean complete ignorance of the absolutely jaw-dropping tension Franz & Fíala have captured in some of its…

  • Swallow

    Swallow

    ★★½

    Haley Bennett's beautifully realized performance (then again, when is she not a scene stealer) combined with Katelin Arizmendi's fantastic cinematography carry the weight of the film on their shoulders. As excited as I was after viewing the hypnotic and greatly edited trailer from IFC Films, I was left deeply disappointed by Carlo Mirabella-Davis' lack of control over the film's tone and overall bizarre directorial choices. Swallow is a strong debut and a very ambitious vision, but what could have been…

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  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★★

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

    Martin: choose one of your family members to die or else all of them will

    My parents, probably: oh well this is easy

  • 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

    2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

    ★★★★

    How a conversation would look if your parents spoke like parents in a Godard movie: 

    Son: hey mom can I borrow th...

    Mom: What does it mean to feel emotions? Washed away like this seashell, Syrian refugee crisis.

    Son: I uh...

    Mom: The face is like a landscape, what emotion do you show? The Berlin Wall. 

    Son; I really need to borrow the car for...

    Dad: Objects mean more on a plane than people, why must a vehicle exist more than your loving parents? Fascism.