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  • Mile 22

    Mile 22

    ★★★½

    I personally feel this will be misunderstood. People will obsess about rapid-fire editing, shaky cam, actions scenes etc and miss (what I perceive to be) the message of the movie, which is the same message in almost all of Peter Berg's movies: American exceptionalism always has fatal *consequences*, and it doesn't matter how elite you think you are, overconfidence leads to incompetence, and ultimately, tragedy. It's a thinly-veiled critique of arrogant and ego-driven foreign policy disguised as a straight-up action…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★

    I have to say, I was disappointed overall. Great first act twist, and spectacular, Oscar-worthy performance from Toni Collette, but ultimately, it turned into a story we've seen a hundred times before.

    My disappointment stems from the lack of originality. For a while, it seemed the story might go in an unpredictable direction, but it quickly became clear that wasn't the case. A few points:

    * Something about the lighting/staging/visual aesthetic was off. Some scenes that could've been creepy weren't…

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  • Kill List

    Kill List

    ★★★★

    Fantastic. One of the best British films in years, and just gets better every time I watch it. For some reason, it's criminally underrated, but given the subject matter, it's no surprise that 'Kill List' didn't get a wide cinema release.

    On the surface, the story seems simple: two (ex-military) hitmen take on a new assignment for a bunch of shady businessmen, but there's so much more to it than that. It starts off as one thing, but morphs genres…

  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color

    ★★★★

    This is the third time I've seen Upstream Colour, and like 'Primer' before it, the movie improves exponentially with every viewing. This is true visual storytelling, the likes of which we rarely see in US cinema, though to be honest, despite paying close attention, I still don't understand every aspect of the story (!)

    Not that it matters. I love movies that demand audience investment/active engagement, and when combined with an enticing symbiosis of gorgeous imagery and music, a hypnotic,…