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  • The Stairs

    ★★★

  • Old

    ★★

  • Retake

    ★★★½

  • The Intruder

    ★★★½

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  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    ★★★★

    "I didn't have a choice. Did you?"

    In Desiree Akhavan's world of queer to straight conversion -- filtered through the novel of Emily M. Danforth -- there is gentle, insidious gaslighting. The abuse creeps beneath the skin, so subtle you think it's helpful. It's messy people, repressed queers all hurting each other to have access to a roof. To be queer is often the choice between living outside or repressing yourself beyond repair.

    A trio of queer teen besties (Chloe…

  • Bliss

    Bliss

    ★★★★

    "I don't wanna meet some fuckin' suit named fuckin' 'Douchebag Dante'. Fuckin' suck my dick and disappoint me." (the way Dora Madison delivers this line is everything)

    Brutal, beautifully designed body horror? Check
    Hot sex and excellently photographed nudity? Check
    Large scale canvas art? Check
    Bisexual lighting splashed about? Check!

    This bloody delicious tale of artist Dezzy Donahue (Dora Madison) looking to get her paint flowing again, and finding herself with an entirely new kind of craving, is fire! Madison…

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  • The Stairs

    The Stairs

    ★★★

    "What, are you scared of some stairs in the woods?" (Um, yes. Yes I am.)

    Two decades after a vanishing in the woods of a remote Washington state town, connected to the discovery of a staircase in a clearing, five pals (Brent Bailey, Adam Korson, Tyra Colar, Stacey Oristano, and Josh Crotty) on a hiking trip in the same area are met with a series of increasing terrors.

    I have BEEN camping and hiking. I don't LIKE camping and hunting.…

  • Old

    Old

    ★★

    "You have such a beautiful voice, I can't wait to hear it when you're older."

    I don't know how much of the world building inconsistences and dialogue, um, choices were due to just your standard to be expected M. Night style shenanigans, or because of adaptation clunkiness -- this being based on a graphic novel -- but they're not things you can ignore. Also I'm pretty sure the overexposed color palette isn't something that can be possibly explained by an…

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  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    ★★★★★

    A gorgeously hyper-violent psychological exploration of one of the most dynamic characters I've ever seen featured on screen. Choi Min-sik's command of facial expressions and body language is just bonkers brilliant. To say his ability to shift from bumbling drunk buffoon in this film's introductory expositional sequences (some of the funniest moments in any film, comedy or not, Choi Min-sik does an incredibly believable drunk) to a hollowed out former prisoner, struggling with his solitary confinement induced monstrosities, while simultaneously…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★★

    This is a film that will always slap for me. That sumptuously thematic editing; the delicious dread dripping down every frame; the gloomy lighting in the Graham house; that perfect combination of melodrama and realism, a film somehow Mumblecore and exceedingly extra in the same breath. Toni Collette's inhuman wailing and full body sink into Annie; that dinner table scene, right after Peter says she's just as responsible as he is because of the party idea, and Steve's like, "SHUT…