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  • Trouble Every Day
  • Possession
  • Beyond the Black Rainbow
  • Last Year at Marienbad

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  • High Life

    ★★★★

  • Firestarter

    ★★

  • We Own the Night

    ★★★★★

  • Shelley

    ★★★★

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  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★★★

    Reproduction as a tool of resource extraction, violent but clinical, drained of sentiment and doomed to failure as humanity circles oblivion without the autonomy to sustain itself. Setting its temporally unstuck and abstracted strands of action in dead space, as the last ones left alive on a state-sanctioned suicide mission near the end, Claire Denis’ High Life documents a breakdown of biological imperatives in tandem with the unraveling of a grand experiment by a mad scientist to create “perfect” life in defiance of…

  • Firestarter

    Firestarter

    ★★

    Funnily enough, the only area in which this film fails to surpass the original, which was a chore, is the John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, and Daniel Davies score, on point though it is. (You just can’t beat Tangerine Dream.) Better acting, intense practical fire effects, retro Steadicam camera movements that slowly draw you in. Firestarter is not one of Stephen King’s strongest books, and this is not an adaptation that lets you forget that, but it’s at least got Michael Greyeyes and achieves…

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  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    ★★★★

    call me by your name, and then i will also call myself by your name

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    This smoothed my brain until it was but a shiny round pebble. Truly, audaciously terrible and inept filmmaking with a story that goes out of its way to be morally bankrupt and politically tone-deaf. Interesting to have an ostensibly aspirational Wonder Woman movie about the consequences of having aspirations. Interesting how no one writing DC’s main female superhero could fathom who she’d be without Chris Pine, so they improvised a lazy and inexplicable plot device to make sure they didn't…