Sarah Hargett

Sarah Hargett

I love movies; I love thinking about movies; writing about movies helps me think about them more clearly. Simple as that!

Favorite films

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Super 8
  • 1917
  • Lean on Pete

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  • The Manor

    ★★

  • Strange but True

    ★★★½

  • Voyagers

    ★★½

  • Broken

    ★★★

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  • The Manor

    The Manor

    ★★

    This is usually exactly the sort of horror movie I like. Relies on on building a horror narrative rather than scares. I like limited casts and confined locations, too. It even has a vaguely gothic feel and calls into question the lead's sanity. All traditional, winning horror elements.

    But the ending is all wrong.

    I get bad/downer endings. Especially with horror. And I can get past silly endings too. Or endings that try something bold but don't quite hit the…

  • Strange but True

    Strange but True

    ★★★½

    Incredibly solid thriller. Based on a novel so the story is very clean and structured. Engaging, well-written characters. Amy Ryan especially does a great job performing her angry, unfiltered mom. The slow-burn is great, if you like that sort of thing. I do.

    I also love that moment near the end of thriller movies, when the reveal turns around into the endgame, and you know everything, except how it's going to play out. If the movie did its job beforehand,…

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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★★

    I wanted this to be my favorite film of 2019, and now that it really, truly, actually IS -- I can't even believe that it's real!

    READ MY FULL REVIEW HERE!

    Excerpt:

    To see the step-by-step journey of those two men; the small talk, the jokes, the pauses, the contention and friendship, the frantic action, and the quietly harrowing moments, all pressed together into the same continuous space and presented in a realistic pace of time; it brings a unique…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★★

    Read my full review here!

    Excerpt:
    What I expected to be a dark and disturbing downer meant to leave me unsettled and unhappy, is instead an intense and scrutinizing look at a descent into madness and villainy, so thorough and unflinching that one can't help but see a reflection of themselves hidden within the frames. In a day when movies about villains are just movies about anti-heroes, and comic book movies are more commodity than art, Joker reminds us of…