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  • Funky Forest: The First Contact

    Funky Forest: The First Contact

    ★★★★½

    One of the strangest yet weirdly satisfying films I've ever come across, Funky Forest also seems like the one that gets aliens right, somehow. They're going to be incomprehensible, bizarre, probably kind of gross, and our reactions to them are going to be likewise. Bonus points for a lot of catchy tunes and a sort of inside-out interrogation of Notice Me Sendai.

  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★★★★★

    A perennial favorite Ken Russell spectacle, outlandish, artificial and sensational, depicting an equally bugnuts event from actual history. Oliver Reed at his 1970s peak, and an unforgettable performance
    by Vanessa Redgrave, picking bits of scenery out of her teeth at the end of every scene. Decadent AF, but with a sad and serious point about love, religion, and politics don't belong together. An underrated gem.

  • Outlaw King

    Outlaw King

    ★★★★

    A solid outing with some highlights, notably Florence Pugh. My mom appreciated the relative lack of gore compared to, e.g., Vikings. I appreciated the ridiculous Foreplay With Thistle Because Scotland. It did its job. We were entertained. And it was better than Brave heart.

  • Circle of Power

    Circle of Power

    ★★★

    I watched this after hearing about it on The Dream podcast (I've been on a pyramid scheme/MLM kick lately, like so many of us). I was not prepared for the lurid, prurient insanity of this film. The fact that it's supposed to be only a slightly fictionalized account of the mandatory training programs of Holiday Magic is hard to stomach but not really surprising.

    I wish this whole industry straight to the devil.

  • Suburbicon

    Suburbicon

    ★★★

    Full review over at zee blog.

  • Kon-Tiki

    Kon-Tiki

    ★★★★

  • Deer Boy

    Deer Boy

    ★★★★

    Actual review of this 15-minute gem can be found at Sonneteer at the Cinema!

  • Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers

    Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers

    ★★★★

    This, too, has been sonnetized for your protection.

  • That Sugar Film

    That Sugar Film

    ★★★★

    One of the more entertaining entries in the OMGEVILFOOOD genre, owing a lot to Morgan Spurlock. Interludes by the likes of Stephen Fry keep it lively and a little silly, but well, if one has seen Sue Perkins and Giles Coren do this same schtick (establish baseline health, go on crazy diet, follow up to see the damage) through centuries of historical cuisines, this isn't quite as satisfying.

    Trigger warning: about 50 minutes in, there is a scene involving some…

  • The White Countess

    The White Countess

    ★★★

    Full review over at zee blog.

  • The Trench

    The Trench

    ★★★½

  • The Beyond

    The Beyond

    ★★½

    Some distractingly bad dialogue ("complexing" occurred a lot), turning what should have been a major character into a prop that didn't even get a name, and a lot of bad technobabble made this kind of a dumb film getting in the way of neat ideas. Watch Europa Report instead.