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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    Not my favorite Lanthimos film. It feels weird to expect something out of a guy like him, but because of The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Lobster (both of which I really liked), I actually felt pretty underwhelmed as I promptly exited the theater once the gigantic words from the credits popped on screen. There's obviously a good deal of enjoyment to be had here, but I see only two main appeals with The Favourite: the comedy and…

  • Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

    Maybe it's because my love for Alejandro Iñárritu's The Revenant has caused me to develop an interest in (well-made) wilderness films, but Happy People: A Year in the Taiga is the only film of Werner Herzog's that I was really interested in watching up until now. It's the kind of thing you watch that makes you question the value you place onto your problems and needs; how much is taken for granted, compared to the folks living in the remote…

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  • Burning

    Burning

    There will be no "burning" puns or wordplays in this review, despite how easy it would be to include some here.

    Lee Chang-dong's Burning is like a silent beast; it is literally a quiet movie, and contains a story that unravels in a very subtle way. A fair potion of its runtime seems to be filled with "nothing", like long takes and extensive moments between lines that emphasize the dead air. This can be boring for some people, but it…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    Guys, I'm not even going to pretend like I fully understood this one; the only thing I am sure of, is that I was NOT prepared for Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria. The main story is fairly simple: American girl moves to Europe to attend a fancy dance-y academy, only to find that there are evil inner workings of the institution that predate her existence, along with mankind itself. What Dario Argento originally did with this concept was help define the giallo…