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  • Conan the Destroyer

    Conan the Destroyer

    ★★★★

    I LOVE this goddamn movie, the second of the two original Conan films starring Arnie. I legit don't get why this doesn't have a higher user rating. Witness:

    Grace Jones. Period. But Grace Jones with a tail. Grace Jones head-butting people with a metal forehead shield. Grace Jones showing another woman how to fight with her weapon. Telling said woman if you want a man, just "grab him and take him!"

    Basil Poledouris's epic score. No subtleties belong in this…

  • 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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  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★★

    Fuck it, I'm giving this 4 stars.

    I don't watch a lot of superhero fare. Maybe that's part of the reason why I responded to Captain Marvel the way I did. There are expected story elements, but at least I haven't seen them in dozens of films at this point. I vaguely know some Marvel mythology, but only enough to momentarily wonder who the true good and bad guys were or the importance of the Tesseract, etc. Besides, the personal…

  • Nappily Ever After

    Nappily Ever After

    ★★★½

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

    When Violet's boyfriend tells her early in the movie that he feels like he doesn't know her, that she never cuts loose around him, it felt like a stab to the heart. I have been there before. I still struggle with being there. Later, when he says he should never have made her feel like there was something wrong with her then turns around and still expects her to be perfect, the film became like an audio-visual personal manifesto. Because…

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  • 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.

  • 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.