James Cassarino

James Cassarino

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Movie lover, lazy writer, just here to shout my opinions into the void.

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  • Holidate

    Holidate

    ½

    I'd rather stab myself in the eye with a candy cane than watch this piece of shit again.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★½

    Few films move me like this one does.

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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    One of the creepiest films around, a chilling performance by Scarjo playing a mysterious woman who lures men to their deaths like a modern-day siren.

    The film's exploration of the woman's personhood or lack thereof contrasted with the people (almost entirely men) she interacts with really struck a chord with me. Scarjo is a literal work of art or perhaps, for the purposes of the film, an artful construction designed to elicit a specific response in men, the fact that…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★★

    This film is a stunning technical achievement seamlessly linking a series of long takes into a final product that appears to be almost entirely one continuous shot. If that weren't enough the film is shot by cinematography god Roger Deakins and therefore looks consistently amazing despite the limitations of having to maintain such long takes. I'll be very surprised if this film isn't at least nominated for Best Cinematography at the Oscars if not Best Picture.

    The story is very…