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  • Climax

    Climax

    ★★★★★

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

    Climax: The Macabre Suspiria Homage We Didn’t Know We Needed 

    Gaspar Noé’s new psychological horror film brings a duel meaning to the Voguing term, “Death Drop.”

    Gaspar Noé’s new horror film, Climax (2018), forcefully descends the viewer into a modern Hieronymus Bosch-like Hell, but not without some signature Noé graphic sex scenes and heart pounding house music to curb our revulsion. 

    The film opens to the final scene of the film–Lou (played by Souheila Yacoub) running through the snow, bleeding–and…

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★

    Eighth Grade by Bo Burnham (2018)

     
    Eighth Grade (2018), written and directed by Bo Burnham, is a coming-of-age drama that reveals (by the dim blue light of a backlit iPhone screen) that modern teenagers experience the same angst and growing pains that we all felt at that age, just more inundated with technology. The complexity of the lead character, Kayla, is surprising—I was admittedly skeptical due to the screenwriter being an adult male comedian that built a career from…

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  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★★

    They're coming to get you, Barbara. Second to Halloween, Night of the Living Dead is my favorite horror film. Rest in Power, George A. Romero. Grindhouse King. One of The Greats. “I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism, and I find that missing in what's happening now." ⚱️🌹💔😔🎃

  • The Beguiled

    The Beguiled

    ★★★

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    Sofia Coppola's version of, "The Beguiled" (2017) performs well as a visual study of femininity and the deteriorating opulence of the war torn south. The film, as a whole, was pleasant but the acting was unmemorable. I could have watched it on mute and it would have achieved the same effect. The slow-building horror could have been amplified...I was more bewitched by the pastel-hued silks, yellowing lace, and wide shots of willow trees overtaking a crumbling manor. Coppola thrives at…