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  • Carrie

    Carrie

    ★★★★½

    Really unsettling, the shocking tone shifts between, not necessarily normal, but relatively straightforward daytime school scenes, and the dark, unpleasant, really quite uncomfortable scenes is really effective and shocking. I wouldn't really say Carrie is all that scary beyond the ending scare, but it is still incredibly disturbing and kind of hard to watch. Despite, or perhaps because of this, I found myself unable to look away. The film kind of drags in the middle, and it does lack the scale and therefore some of the impact of it's source material, but this is certainly quite a spectacular film.

  • The Beatles: Let It Be

    The Beatles: Let It Be

    ★★★½

    My own Documentary aversion aside, Let It Be is a film I find hard to recommend. It's slow, relatively quiet, and (I can imagine) incredibly uninteresting without the historical context around it.

    But when put into it's moment in time, the film is oddly dark and almost foreboding. Every time Yoko Ono appears on screen, lurking in the background, one is reminded of her role in the coming breakup. The sharp tonal shifts from George helping Ringo compose "Octopus' Garden"…

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  • Forrest Gump

    Forrest Gump

    ★★★★★

    I hear a lot about how the film celebrates stupidity and should be panned for pushing a pseudo-conservative message. While I have to agree the film celebrates simplicity (the last scene we get between Forrest and Jenny before she dies being a wonderfully beautiful example of it), I cannot agree that it is simple fluff that presents Forrest's lack of intelligence as a good thing for the sake of a lighthearted story.

    We are shown all these horrible things that…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★½

    Despite it being a Star Wars movie, as well as one that I remember really liking at the time, I hadn't revisited The Last Jedi since I saw it once in theaters last December. Maybe there was some level of nerves as to whether my initial reaction was accurate, brought on by the vocal minority that has dominated the film's post-release narrative, but I can't imagine it would just be that. I like plenty of things that have some level…