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  • Hold the Dark

    Hold the Dark

    ★★

    One old man having the longest week of his life. Needlessly nihilistic and indulgent. A correlation between man and wolf that feels sloppy and contrived.

  • Three Faces

    Three Faces

    ★★★

    A meandering ode to Kiarostami’s Taste of Cherry. Panahi’s camera tricks inside a vehicle are still a sight to behold. Otherwise,  pretty light hearted fare.

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  • Colossal

    Colossal

    Have you ever witnessed or experienced racial tokenism? A sensation that your exotic nature as a foreigner to a white person is seen as an opportunity to "add value" to their idea of craft?

    Well, if you haven't and are looking, seek no further than Colossal. A film that initially demanded my respect for its incredibly low budget and mashing up of the Kaiju genre with depictions of battling personal demons.

    The central character, Gloria is a seemingly well-off New…

  • The Babadook

    The Babadook

    ★★★★

    I certainly will never show my mother this film.

    The Babadook is startlingly effective as a rather conventional horror film that veers into psychologically manipulative territory. By weaving in various themes of grief, alienation and motherhood, it uses these building blocks to make the horror more subversive and unsettling rather than exploiting shock value. To its credit as well, the reveal of the so-called "Babadook" is restrained and aptly relies on the viewer's imagination to elevate the terror.