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  • Color Out of Space

    Color Out of Space

    ★★½

    Nicolas Cage, deep in the throes of a psychotic episode, wanders onto the set of a rather straightforward and safe horror movie.  Hilarity ensues. 


    The eldritch horrors looked pretty good, too!

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★

    Well, this is one of the many times I show that I’m neither cultured nor an intellectual, but a mere pleb. I went into this one expecting to be emotionally overwhelmed - friends kept mentioning “nausea” and “panic attacks” in their effusive reviews. The most I felt was despair at the futility of a single person choking himself to death as he struggles against the boot against his throat, followed by my own exasperation. 

    I liked the ending, and I…

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  • Captive State

    Captive State

    I did enjoy that this sci-fi story is firmly focused on the HUMANS and the aliens are incidental. A nice inversion of the usual thing.

    However, it turned out to be so uninteresting that I left to go to the bathroom 20 minutes before the end and didn’t bother to come back. I already knew how things were going to end and didn’t feel a strong desire to see it play out. The cast was a little too big and the narrative too fractured to allow me to care about anyone’s fate

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★

    Not the slightest bit scary or tense, and barely creepy. Its value is in the quiet parts that explore the “inheritance” of mental illness and how it destroys people. At the end it abandoned all subtlety and felt like a different movie stapled onto what I was previously watching.

    I wish it had committed to either supernatural/occult horror or psychological horror instead of using one type as a red herring.