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  • Only the Brave

    Only the Brave

    ★★

    "As the title suggests, Only the Brave is a film powered by machismo and patriotism. Throughout his career Peter Berg has proved a master of making the most ardent American patriotism appear understandable, realistic and appealing even to non-American viewers. But unlike Berg’s Patriots Day or Deepwater Horizon, Joseph Kosinski’s Only the Brave spends not a single minute of its long runtime trying to convince us of the righteousness of being a man’s man. Rather, the film assumes that we already endorse this particular model of masculinity, in which physical strength is somehow equivalent to moral fortitude."

    My full review for Little White Lies.

  • The Sacrament

    The Sacrament

    ★★★★

    Knowing that this film is basically a very detailed re-enactment of the Jonestown Massacre seems almost necessary to understand its value. This might sound patronising, but I can't imagine that watching it without knowing anything about Jonestown could be a very interesting experience. The way the events unfolded – both in reality and in the film – makes perfect sense, but is also very weird and quite stupid. I don't think any screenwriter would have imagined it that way. Being…

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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★½

    Having no experience at all with horror/gore cinema and even less so with horror franchises, I started watching The Texas Chain Saw Massacre without any idea of what to expect at all, except maybe that I'd feel a strong desire to turn it off during the gore scenes. This did happen during the first murder sequence, where the cruelty and suddenness of the killings profoundly disgusted me. The matter-of-fact-ness of the scene however also filled me with a deep sense…

  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    Everybody Wants Some!!

    ½

    I wish I was dead