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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★

    This was a nice surprise. Not perfect but exceeded my hopes considering how on the fence I am on Chazelle as a director. Lot of good decisions here that I'm assuming happened in large part thanks to the awards season success of La La Land, especially shooting so much of the film in super 16 and 35mm (and largely hand-held at that) which pays off extremely well as it puts us more idrectly in the drama and life of the…

  • Nekromantik

    Nekromantik

    ★★★★★

    Twelve horror movies deep (definitely not a brag, the number should be way higher) and this is my favorite watch of the season so far. Very beautiful and moving story of a woman who falls in love with a rotting corpse her boyfriend drags out of a swamp while at work. We've all been there. The synth and piano score provides an otherworldly lushness to the transgression, like Debussy playing over a snuff film. But yeah, for what is essentially…

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★

    Ugh. Am I the only one that hated this? Yeah, Francis McDormand gives a good performance and all that but I'm hard pressed to think of anything else to recommend this besides that. Ultimately very hollow and tonally messy, the biggest problem is how it treats its characters like cartoons while constantly punching down/shitting on them. Like the similarly themed mis-fire Logan Lucky, there were some pretty obvious stabs at capturing the national post-election mood, but most everything pretty much…

  • Martin

    Martin

    ★★★★½

    The modern day vampire deconstruction film (Let The Right One In, Only Lovers Left Alive etc) is pretty well known these days, though few are aware the trend actually started back in the 70s with a super underappreciated George A. Romero gem called Martin, about a young, awkward vampire who mostly feeds on horny, bored housewives and the occasional hobo. A mashup of a few different genres but never not its own thing, it can be a hard movie to…