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  • Conan the Destroyer

    Conan the Destroyer

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    What with the Conan remake coming out, I'm reminded that, even though I probably shouldn't, I LOVE Conan the Destroyer, the second of the two original Conan films starring Arnie.

    Exhibit A: Grace Jones. Fierce as hell, and funny. I love her removable metal head-plate she uses to head-butt people!

    Exhibit B: The score. EPIC. No subtleties belong in this movie! I particularly love the score during the huge battle at the end.

    Exhibit C: A virgin sacrifice that isn't…

  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★½

    Basically this movie is about a heartbroken dude (Jake Gyllenhaal) who wrote an ultraviolent novel with a metaphor for how the break-up made him feel. He sends it to ex-wife and heartbreaker, Susan (Amy Adams), who becomes emotionally engaged with the story and the state of her own life after she moved on from him. She's ultra-chic and on-the-surface-rich, disillusioned with her art curating life (because she should have been an artist, see, instead of becoming her mother). Maybe I've…

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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★½

    It's...a Mission Impossible movie: reliably fun, action-packed, sometimes funny, with at least one mask reveal, plenty of flinching on my end, and...OMG is that an actress actually being brought back in a non-romantic interest role? Oh, wait...

    This time around I was struck by how much of a boy scout Ethan comes off as, perhaps because IMF is contrasted with the CIA. Or maybe I just had Superman on the brain because Henry Cavill.

  • Women Who Kill

    Women Who Kill

    ★★★★

    I never knew I needed Annette O'Toole playing a serial killer in my life until now.

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  • Bluebeard

    Bluebeard

    ★★★½

    Bluebeard (a somewhat puzzling English title; the literal translation works better) is one of those psychological thrillers you want to watch again as soon as you finish it. So much is in doubt upon a first viewing: is the protagonist crazy or the victim of an actual conspiracy where only he knows who's responsible for local serial killings? Is he simply reading too many mystery novels? I won't spoil the ending except to say there's no simple yes or no for each of those questions. Cho Jin-woong is excellent and carries the story through its twists, though I'm ambivalent about the very last one.

  • Alias Grace

    Alias Grace

    ★★★★

    Sarah Gadon's face is everything in this series; my favorite scene remains the first, where her expression shifts to match the perceptions of both those who condemn and those who support her. I can't even begin to delve into the ways in which Alias Grace is relevant now and likely always will be.

    More proof that Margaret Atwood (nice cameo!), Sarah Polley, and Mary Harron are the shit.