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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★

    Without subtext, this would still be a lean, mean, original, and emotionally exhausting experience for its commitment to its minimalist premise. But its subtext is similar to the '78 remake of INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS: expressing emotion will get you killed by monsters.

    Subtext is all the things characters want to say, but refuse to. A QUIET PLACE places its protagonist family in a situation where they can't say what's on their minds no matter how badly they want…

  • Hardcore Henry

    Hardcore Henry

    ★★★★

    An action movie with non-stop action, hyper-creative choreography, and shaky-cam cinematography which still allows the viewer to track the action. It's a minor miracle.

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  • It

    It

    ★★★½

    I'm not sure how unpopular an opinion this is, but IT was the first Stephen King book to let me down. It was the first time my adolescent brain saw through the story to King's obvious tropes, and found itself unmanipulated by his devices.

    Also, the mini-series has aged terribly. Director Tommy Lee Wallace, a colleague/protege of John Carpenter, invests everything with a shamelessly cornball sensibility that rivals fellow Carpenter protege Nick Castle. It's an overwrought, overlit, claymation-riddled mess that…

  • The Eyes of My Mother

    The Eyes of My Mother

    ★★★★

    Eyes of My Mother has an impact as deep and sublimely brutal as The Reflecting Skin or Blind Beast. It's the film that would result if Luis Bunuel directed Psycho, and a dark meditation on nature vs. nurture.

    Kika Magalhaes is amazing as the Norman character; the viewer never loses empathy for her, even when...oh man. By the 45 minute mark, we're thinking, "Jesus, where can we go from here?" 60 minutes in, we want to stop watching, but we've come too far.

    Beautiful and savage. Not for everyone. You know who you are.