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  • The Silence

    The Silence

    Look, it literally doesn't matter that this is basically the same movie as "A Quiet Place" because in that movie the family literally makes every wrong decision possible, whereas in this movie the family makes every correct decision, and it's so extremely satisfying I almost can't believe it. Even what I thought was going to be an entirely unnecessary third act plot trust merely for the sake of manipulative empathy is resolved in less than four minutes. I'm not kidding…

  • The Snowman

    The Snowman

    how big is michael fassbender's head

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  • Threshold

    Threshold

    ★★★★

    It severely bugs me that the dominant form of film in 2016 is a mode of narrative film-making (& film criticism, & understanding of film, & viewing habits of film) that derives explicitly from the confines of late-capitalism. When viewers think that acting is the most important thing in a film, the producers can capitalize on that by creating a star system in which familiarity & hegemonic style is read as "objectively good" while unfamiliarity & variant style is read as "bad acting." Similarly,…

  • Evolution

    Evolution

    ★★★★★

    Second watch cements that not only is this one of the best films ever made, but it's actually a perfect hybrid between narrative & experimental/affective/gestural/whatever filmmaking. Endlessly beautiful, the sound design is perfect, there is nowhere I want to visit/live/exist/die more than Lanzarote, the Mediterranean Sea is literally the home that I ache for, the elliptical experimental medical facility narrative + bodies in touch with the sea + an unknowable need for escape is literally everything. I am so so so…