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  • Mare of Easttown

    Mare of Easttown

    The thing about MARE OF EASTTOWN is that it's not especially high brow, ridiculously artsy prestige TV or even all that revolutionary. Its concept is very familiar: the B+ mystery and murder thriller movies from the 80s and 90s that starred Michael Douglas or Morgan Freeman and that they just don’t make anymore. Half the plot was essentially just KISS THE GIRLS.

    What I find interesting about this phenomenon is that it demonstrates that appetite for this kind of content,…

  • Nosferatu

    Nosferatu

    ★★★★½

    I hadn't seen the 1922 NOSFERATU since film class in college, but rewatching Coppola's DRACULA made me reflect on it again. It's a fantastic film, and Orlok is genuinely scary. Pulling up my class essay on it though, even then I was most struck by how the source material blends and elevates sexuality with horror and death. The musings of a younger me:

    One of the most intriguing features of the film is the juxtaposition and intertwining of sex, a…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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

    …..That’s it? After all that time and all that investment, this is what Star Wars wants to be? A universe that demands reduction to a condescending highlight reel of the same dozen moments of its past? Its unifying metaphysical energy a hollow burden of birthright? That’s supposed to be enough?

    For context, I think TLJ’s heights are among the franchise’s most memorable, but I recognize that it was an uneven film and flawed sequel. I had a lot of fun…

  • French Exit

    French Exit

    I waffled with what rating to give FRENCH EXIT, because there are moments in here that I thought were pitch perfectly orchestrated for An Audience of Me and yet let the theater feeling somewhat underwhelmed. Frances Price is a delicious character for Michelle Pfeiffer, a rich and self-absorbed dilettante about to lose everything who ventures to Paris with her equally dilettante son and the small black cat she believes holds the spirit of her dead husband to spend the rest…