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  • Baba Yaga

    Baba Yaga

    ★★★

    Baba Yaga invented ASMR with that extended jewelry jangling scene

  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★★

    The first one, whatever you thought of it, was an obvious passion project, but Deadpool 2 is more of an obvious vanity project. Being self aware about that fact ("Starring: some guy who doesn't like sharing the spotlight") doesn't make it less obnoxious. Everything about it is just extra, extra violent, extra meta, extra Deadpool. It's a schtick that outstays its welcome a bit, but the supporting cast keeps it chugging along. I feel like if you saw the first…

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  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    CW: rape

    It's bad enough to be a messy jumble of blunt gross messaging and misogynist ideas, but it's even worse to present them with so much gorgeous cinematography and perfect acting that I keep looking for reasons to like it that never appear.

    I don't know much about Tom Ford outside of his fragrance line, and I didn't see his first movie, but he pretty clearly has some problems with women that he needs to get worked out. Nocturnal…

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★★

    This is a movie about the ways that men treat women. The "Obvious Misogynist" considers women as a tool for him to control and fuck at his leisure. The "Nice Guy" wants to be a friend and liberator to women, but that interest comes and goes proportional to how much he wants to have sex with them. No matter how similar in intellect and skill we prove ourselves to be, they believe it is up to them to determine our worth, our freedom, even our personhood.

    Fuck them. Rock on, Ava.