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  • Mary Queen of Scots

    Mary Queen of Scots

    ★★★

    Mark my words… Sooner than later, both Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie will be Academy Award Winners.

    Unfortunately, it will definitely not be this film that gets them there, however fantastic they both may be. The problem is the film around them. Mary Queen of Scots is poorly paced and directed in a painfully dull, decidedly un-cinematic fashion; which is such a shame since the cinematography, costume design, and hair and makeup are so often breathtaking. (Funny, once I typed…

  • The Rider

    The Rider

    ★★★★

    Whoa… I did not expect this.

    I’m generally cold toward films using non-professional actors, but despite the dialogue being wooden here and there, and here again (it actually worked for the most part given the characters and their world, though), it was the right choice. And those scenes where he’s breaking the horses? Damn. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that done so accurately, respectfully and all-around effectively on film before.

    What a pleasant surprise.

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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★★

    "No one understands the lonely perfection of my dreams."

    Michael Fassbender should get a nomination for this. He won't, but he should. He's so fucking good.

    Outside a handful of problems (mostly some minor pacing issues in the second act, but also some minor horror movie clichés here or there), I loved every second of this film. Fassbender's just a wicked delight, the production design is amazing, and Ridley Scott manages to build up a great deal of tension and dread throughout the film's fairly basic, familiar story arc.

  • Unfriended

    Unfriended

    ★★★½

    I honestly don’t quite know whether this is some sort of millennial masterpiece or a steaming pile of shit.

    I do know that I (briefly) felt compelled to write quite a long piece on this film, and that, while watching, I was enjoying whatever it is I was given.