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  • Death Note

    Death Note

    ★★

    This wants to be Donnie Darko of 2017 very badly. It’s fine as a teen movie for people who like the “darker” CW shows. There’s romance, death, supernatural, police investigations, some neat camera work, plot twists, and teenagers in high school!

    Ryuk exists in his Shinigami form solely to get anime/manga fans to watch this. For the story told, he could have taken any physical form. Willem Dafoe’s evil cackle is great, but he doesn’t save this movie.

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    fucking beautiful

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  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

    ★★★★★

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

    THE REALLY HOT MAN/WOMAN DUO NEVER EVEN SHARE A KISS.
    While the MI films aren't known for their sex-having, it was incredibly refreshing to see an action thriller with a leading male character team up with a co-starring woman, obv be into each other because they are hot straight people, but LEAVE IT AT THAT. Romance was never necessary to get the story moving. + viewers got to see shirtless Tom Cruise and the beautiful Rebecca Ferguson in a crazy-high-slit dress & bikini for sex appeal points. Colour me impressed.

  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★½

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

    personally, i wish there was more commentary on what sex means with this narrative. it completely ignores any non-PIV heterosexual sex and doesn't address any implications about rape or sexual assault (except maybe how the "It" passes on the "curse"?). i didn't feel it was too preach-y about promiscuity or STDs or whatever — it was a great, terrifying horror film. but in 2015 i'm so, so tired of any viewpoints completely oblivious to straight-boy-puts-his-dick-in-straight-girl sex (even if she was on top a couple times).