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  • Time After Time

    Time After Time



    A little soporific when romance is on the menu, but I sort of applaud that Meyer recognizes that Wells is a charlatan of a different sort than Jack. Setting this story about wholesale slaughter going unnoticed in San Francisco also carries some post hoc resonance but it’s minor league. This is a deeply straight film fighting the fact that it’s a story of two men who follow each other through time.

    But that’s not what the essay’s about.

  • Silent Hill

    Silent Hill



    Sure it makes not a lick of sense. Luckily film is a 'visual' medium. The emotional logic makes more sense than the narrative needs to. And it's such a towering work of visual art that it didn't even need to, but did. Which is largely due to casting Radha Mitchell in the lead, who could make me feel any emotion if she set her mind to it. One of our greatest actresses, so naturally no one knows it. I'm…

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  • Hereditary



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


    Maybe it's me but there's something kind of cheap and tawdry about giving your character a sort of accentuated handicap and playing it for scares? The treatment of Charlie broke the spell the movie attempts to cast in the first ten minutes. She produces a chocolate bar from her pocket that neither parent knows the origins of, hinting that she's one of those magic children movies love that just does things to which the parents of a heavily troubled…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road



    Entirely satisfying. The score provides just the right amount of pathos so that the emotional underpinning isn't lost during the absolutely insane early going. Miller's direction has lost none of its hyper giddiness at throwing the next mind-boggling image at you. When the trailer first debuted last year, I compared it to Hard to be a God, and it turns out I wasn't super far off the map. The film is all moving parts and every aspect has to…