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  • Train to Busan

    Train to Busan

    ★★★½

    Seminal entry in the “Korean-directed features about train-based mayhem” sub genre. 

    Zombies, both of the moldering shambler and rage virus varieties, haven’t had a whole lot to offer me for years now. There’s a ceiling on enjoyment of these, I find. Still, as far as the genre goes this is a solidly constructed example. The combination of claustrophobic space and ravening monsters is effective, and the danger of being crowded into a tight space with a bunch of other infected…

  • Contempt

    Contempt

    ★★★★

    Not that it detracted much from the movie for me, but sexual fidelity being one of the underlying themes for Contempt is hilarious to me, being that it involves an Italian man married to a French woman who falls into the orbit of Jack Palance all while stewing around in the film industry. Nothing about any of that suggests that keeping it in one’s pants is a plausible outcome in the slightest. 

    Regardless, Paul (Michel Piccoli) is very concerned that…

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  • The Perfection

    The Perfection

    ½

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

    Aimed squarely at rubes. In this sense it's the perfect Netflix film. A cheap director, bargain basement script, and C-list actors all keep the budget down. Throw in enough horror elements to get that crowd interested, because horror makes money. Add in a lesbian encounter so that you can lead the socially conscious crowd by the nose, but make sure to show the sex scene for the prurient interest of the less conscious crowd. Don't forget to set part of…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

    The grief artist, Ari Aster.

    A director's second feature starts to give us clues about who they really are. Expanding from one point to two starts to give us an idea of where they might be headed and enables comparisons, as far as those are productive, to start occurring. While we lack the sense of trajectory that a third point on the plot would provide, certain things begin to be apparent with Midsommar. Aster is keenly interested in the suffering…