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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★½

    Patient. 

    That’s the word I kept coming back to while watching this. The whole film feels like it’s holding its breath, and a number of times throughout it I felt myself doing the very same. And even when the film gives us catharsis, we still feel winded. When I left the theater and entered the cold Boston air, I still couldn’t catch my breath. The lady’s burning is a slow one, but the film, unlike its characters perhaps, doesn’t waste…

  • Synecdoche, New York

    Synecdoche, New York

    ★★★★½

    I watched this earlier in the week and wrote a cheeky little one-word review about how it confused me and I moved along. I've since deleted that post and come back now to re-log it, add a whole star more to its rating, and center my thoughts.

    I haven't had a film burrow itself into my mind like this in a long time. Certainly never in this way. Granted, I returned to it at this point in the week for…

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  • Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary

    ★★★

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

    I recently listened to an episode of April Wolfe’s podcast Switchblade Sisters where Mary Lambert talked about this film and its impact on Ari Aster’s Hereditary. She loved Aster’s film, as do I, and I think the dialogue between the two is incredibly intriguing. I read King’s novel for the first time this summer and had been waiting for an excuse to finally watch this, so, when I listened to that, I knew it was time.

    I’m far from being the type of…

  • Honey Boy

    Honey Boy

    ★★★★

    Grimy and gritty and real. This one really, really hit me. So personal it’s universal.

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  • Tag

    Tag

    ★★★½

    Yeah I don’t know, something about this really clicked with me. Premise is great, Hannibal and the rest of cast are solid, and there’s a lot of heart that, for me, wasn’t too over the top. I’m a sucker for a story about never growing up.

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

    ★★★½

    I have absolutely no idea how to rate this film. I hated it and I loved it. I thought it was incoherent trash and I thought it was perfectly crafted cinema. It’s truly one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen. The only things I’m sure of are that Johny Depp is wickedly talented and that Hunter S. Thompson was damn near brilliant behind a typewriter.

    Summer Watchlist Purge: 13/60.