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  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★½

    Not a super tight script but it's definitely full of ideas and takes some really unexpected turns. Though I was almost expecting something more radical.

  • Metropolis

    Metropolis

    ★★★★

    The pacing gets somewhat rough towards the end perhaps, but in terms of visuals and production design Metropolis is pretty excellent. Brigitte Helm is mesmerizing, especially as Maria's robotic doppelganger.

    What I find the most disappointing however is the rather dumb message that the film hammers home with extreme bluntness: that somehow the oppression of the working class is due to a lack of communication, and that inaction is preferable to revolution (the latter being portrayed as purely self-destructive). I'm still undecided on wether the religious subtext makes things better or worse.

    Following this up with Eisenstein's Strike would make for an interesting double feature.

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  • The Exterminating Angel

    The Exterminating Angel

    ★★½

    I'm sorry but honestly this was very boring to me. Outside of the premise itself and some of the more surreal moments there wasn't much that kept me engaged on any level. I'm not sure why though because this is an acclaimed film from an acclaimed director and I'm clearly in the minority.

    I think to me it boils down to the film not doing enough with its premise. It posits that human beings tend to revert to a more…

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★½

    What a disappointment. I love Garland's directorial debut, Ex Machina, and I've enjoyed this recent wave of middlebrow sci-fi quite a lot but this just didn't work for me. I feel that the movie is kinda slow but not really in an intellectual sort of way, rather just plodding. Like the framing device and repeated flashbacks add a lot of bloat with little purpose. The characters aren't deeply interesting, and the dialogue between them is rather bland.

    I didn't expect…