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  • Freaky

    Freaky

    ★★★½

    A super-cute subversive crowd-pleaser. "Pronouns!

  • Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer

    Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer

    ★★★½

    A strong, stylish procedural that focuses on the investigators and the dogged accrual of evidence, as well as the interplay between the media, law enforcement and LA as place / space. I'm not sure why people are complaining that a doco about a serial killer / rapist / child molester is macabre; it's not really lurid, but even-tempered and grim in its presentation, and anyway, wtf were you expecting? My Little Pony?

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  • It Follows

    It Follows

    ★★★★★

    Impressive on every level, and easily one of the best horror films (and one of the best films about sex) of the last whenever. This is a compelling, intelligent, beautifully written and lovingly presented film that leverages the history and the potential of the genre to maximum effect. Unlike most horror flicks I've seen for a long time it has a real story to tell - about the complicated nature of people, places, urban decay, class, societal expectations, friendship, desire and so on. I like this so much that I'm going to open a new university course I'm writing with it. Academia!

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★

    Alien: Garden Centre.

    I don't know the source material so had no expectations. As it's really uneven in places I spent a while not sure what it was capital-A about, but both bf & I really liked the silence, colour, sound and movement of the second half. In general I'm 100% into Garland's interest in how people respond to a beautiful, indifferent, apocalyptic other, so I lean well towards generosity in the wobbly bits. It's imperfect but original and captivating. It's a real pity it didn't get released on the big screen.