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  • John Denver Trending

    John Denver Trending

    A little heavy handed in how it examines mob justice and the online dissemination of information, but it’s still a raw (and frequently anger-inducing) look at those topics. It’s a little like a teenage Filipino version of The Hunt (the Mads one), and how one piece of information, carefully calibrated to be taken out of context by an online space hungry for anything to sink their teeth into and feel superior over, turns an entire small coastal town against a…

  • Best Laid Plans

    Best Laid Plans

    Threw this on because I wanted something short + easy to watch while I was waiting for someone, with the chance I’d be interrupted by other things, so didn’t want to pick anything too consequential. Turns out I wasn’t interrupted - and this was surprisingly solid. Fun, twisty thriller with a slapdash plan that quickly unravels. Nothing is quite what it seems. Let down slightly by a nondescript last five minutes. Nothing special, but enjoyable.

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  • Melancholia

    Melancholia

    ★★★★

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

    Von Trier apparently got the idea for this film while battling depression and he definitely nails that feeling with the character of Justine. During the first half of the film, the wedding, her own wedding, the happiest day of their lives for most people, she forces out toothy grins and fakes happiness ("I smile, and I smile, and I smile") but in the end can't fake it any longer. She leaves her wedding to put her nephew to bed, to…

  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★½

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    The manifestation of sexual repression up close. Real close. This is probably my favourite Haneke film as of right now. Just a scary, brutal, unflinching look inside the mind when it's hunting for pleasure above all else.

    Piano teacher Erika, in her forties, still lives with her overbearing mother who we see tear up any of Erika's clothes that she considers too revealing or "gaudy" as she puts it. Erika is constantly focused on her teaching, pushing her students to…