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  • Jennifer's Body

    Jennifer's Body

    ★★★★½

    It's pretty tragic a movie this well-made, well-written, and funny could get so overlooked upon release. It's snappy, funny, and exceedingly smart and good-hearted given the seriousness of some of the themes and events of the story. It's so clear whose side the movie is on and feels devastatingly honest portraying a lot of different kinds of predatory behavior. It's a very emotional story and I was constantly impressed by the way it was balanced out with the horror and…

  • I Walked with a Zombie

    I Walked with a Zombie

    ★★★★

    Not as trippy or daring as its fellow Tourneur film Cat People, it nevertheless is far more psychologically complicated than you expect from a movie from this time and with this title. The Zombie named in the title means different things to these different characters, who of course can be called "living dead" in their own way, whether it be due to their persisting fatalism, their lack of care for own well-being, or their not feeling like the same person…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★½

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

    This is painful. Pretty much my worst fears and nightmares manifested, filmed, edited and then projected onto the big screen for the entire world to see. The few moments that really, REALLY worked for me were completely overshadowed by every moment that was just sloppy and poor filmmaking/storytelling, pure and simple.

    In my last rewatch of these movies I've talked a lot about the essence of Star Wars, what was being said in 1977 and how close to the mark…

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★½

    I had a lot of criticisms with Infinity War, but chief among them was probably that it’s not a a character driven film. Thanos’s search for the stones and his attempts to “save” the universe are what move everything forward, not the motivations or relationships between the characters. It made it so I wasn’t invested in the events, and even with the highest stakes possible I really didn’t care THAT much whether the heroes succeeded or failed. 

    Endgame rectified that within…