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  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Kung Fu Hustle
  • Millennium Actress

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  • Prey

    ★★★½

  • The Gray Man

    ★★★½

  • The Black Phone

    ★★★★

  • The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion

    ★★★★

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  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★½

    Damn, it sucks when what separates good from greatness is not hiring the proper DP. I have seen some gorgeous nights and I have seen pitch black confusing messes; Prey doesn't go as far as being the latter but enough to detract from what was a good action movie. I liked a lot of what Prey did but would it have killed them to light night better?

  • The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion

    The Witch: Part 1. The Subversion

    ★★★★

    Rewatched this in anticipation for the sequel that's coming out. Without the twists and a more keen eye towards how certain special effects were done, I can still affirm that The Witch is a good action-thriller from Korea. If you've been watching Korean New Wave and somehow managed to miss this one, do yourself a favour and check it out. I don't know what they put in their DP's water to make everything look great but they should really share.

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  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★½

    I came with expectations, like is this going to be a Mandy-fied John Wick? Or perhaps a John Wick via Under the Silver Lake? I was quickly quieted by strong performances of a simple drama. Everyone in this movie carries a great weight over how much they've lost but none do as well as Nick Cage's quiet grieving giving way to find what was most recently taken. Pig is an incredible drama that beautifully hints at scars.

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★½

    Mandy is not for everyone but it is an excellent ride; only Nicolas Cage could bring the pure unhinged mania required for the role. Mandy is a Giallo homage to the excess of 80s filmmaking. A great deal of effects are done in camera, with only a nightmare whirl of colour dressing the scene. Director Panos Cosmatos is a master at deciding on which colours to evoke particular feelings and his Director of Photography accomplishes this masterfully. Enthralling and brutal, Mandy will leave you with a hangover.