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  • Mama

    Mama

    ★★½

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

    I couldn’t get more than 30 mins into rewatching this before switching it off out of boredom.



    Overlit, not particular scary and despite Jessica Chastain dull characters I didn’t care enough about to keep watching. 


    If memory serves I thought the ghost at the end was dumb. Couldn’t even make it that far this time.

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★½

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

    Ok, that was pretty hardcore but, but, BUT - it wasn’t especially scary and I feel I might be another victim of the hype around the film undermining its effectiveness as a horror film intended to unsettle and frighten. 
    I went out of my way to avoid any additional trailers or YouTube reviews/articles, but somehow the damage was already done and I was set up to expect to be scared, then felt let down when I wasn’t.
     I thought it…

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★

    Thanks Luca Guadagnino.  I'm not eating an apricot EVER again. Just in case.

    Great performances. Potent sense of the steaminess and sexiness of being on a burgois holiday frolicking in streams and cycling between bottles of wine and pasta.

    I wasn't on board with the love story between Elliot and Oliver. Elliot's motivations I could understand - he's a horny 17 year old looking to get his end away. Oliver however, just comes off as creepy and exploitative. After all…

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★½

    Yet another Marvel film that just gets by on cartoony action and a pastiche of Whedonesque quips. 
    It's a Marvel release so expect the same film we've been watching for the last several years but with different characters. 
    At the very least, it was better than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, but barely.
    The best of the Thor films by default if judged solely on entertainment value. I was bored rigid by the first, mildly entertained by the novelty of the second's pre-GotG space-operatic outlandishness, but this third one is a desperate to be another Guardians. It's not, but it tries.