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  • The Virgin Suicides
  • Vampire's Kiss

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  • All Over Me

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

    ★★★

  • The Ritz

    ★½

  • Young Mr. Lincoln

    ★★

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  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★★★½

    Sterling production design and mood set the place for what was going to at least be a successfully tense confined thriller, but its King-ly casual supernatural elements (which are likely to divide) setting up how structurally and thematically the lead core concept of the kid's communication to the others was something I found surprisingly touching as well as its consistently stylistically inventive approach to remain also chilling and harrowing. So much so I even appreciated the ambiguity of the Grabber…

  • Stunt Rock

    Stunt Rock

    ★★

    Pretty goofy rock concert film which is essentially just what it is, as much as its plotless framing device of hangout moments try to instill a structure until random stunts are injected, and of one particularly sincerely absurd rock band whose whole thing is songs long and atmospheric enough to support live magic tricks of archaic production. From committing to the bit so hard though I'd say it's significantly less campy than The Song Remains the Same, if musically not…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    The introduction sets the thesis relatively, if a little thinly, well: an old-school Hollywood intro bleeds into the sounds of a modern LA traffic jam which then flightly goes into a musical and dance number where the various members of the traffic jam sing and express themselves in movement to suggest they are more than their trappings. It is the fantasy element of film giving way to the real doldrums of life, then finding solace in fantasy, which is the…

  • The Exploding Girl

    The Exploding Girl

    ★★★★★

    I remember the regret of a missed kiss. I remember the shaky bravery of my first kiss just as much as the fresh embarrassment of the first kiss I attempted but was rejected. I remember the look of their eyes as they waited, waited for me!, why me?!, and I remember the look of shock when I waited for them and they couldn't give me what I wanted. And now I feel forever removed away from those moments even as…