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  • Enter the Void

    Enter the Void

    ★★★★

    Ever have a dream where you died? I once dreamed that I shot myself in the head. Oh don’t worry, it wasn’t a dark thing at all, and I don’t have any real self-harm thoughts or urges. My motivations in the dream were more out of a sense of confidence: somehow I knew what would happen after I died and that it was going to be fine, so I just jumped in. I remember a dull thud in my temple…

  • Shutter Island

    Shutter Island

    ★★★

    Thought this was due for a revisit, because I've seen it maybe grow with some esteem over the years and I didn't remember it particularly fondly. On a second viewing, I really love the structure, pacing, setting, and just about everything technical — unfortunately, it's the story that lost me. If a big, twisty thriller has a twist that can be seen from the first 5 minutes, does that mean the movie isn't good? I'm not sure, because it's the…

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  • The Descent

    The Descent

    ★★★★

    Finally got around to seeing this one. The horror element was fun, and the claustrophobia was genuinely felt, but what I found most compelling was the film's surprisingly progressive representation of gender. The principal cast is made up entirely of women, which seems bold enough (for a film that doesn't take place in a sorority house), but the movie doesn't go out of its way to draw attention to this. These are just people whose friendship is based on their…

  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

    Spent around 90 minutes or so clicking around in this thing without feeling like I really learned anything. Fascinating experiment though, and I loved a lot about what this was trying to say and how it tried to say it. Never saw much Black Mirror so I can’t compare it to other installments. I might come back to this again to see what else I can make happen. 

    P.S. There’s a particular thread I found myself in where you are…