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  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer

    ★★★★

    The premise is ridiculous, but ‘Snowpiercer’ invites you to forget about what’s real and focus on what’s badass, and it’s intense and pretty enough that it works. This is an action movie that knows what action movies are about and doesn’t waste your time with other bullshit. Good pacing and fight choreography, cool backdrops, plenty of pathos for its underdog protagonists. It’s great.

  • Gravity

    Gravity

    ★★★

    Good in the way a rollercoaster ride is...it’s exhilarating and full of impressive eye candy, and the plot mainly exists to propel its central character (played competently by Sandra Bullock) from one insane situation to another. This movie is fun and flashy, and enjoyment increases in proportion to screen size and sound system.

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  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense

    ★★★★★

    One of the best live concert videos of all time. The performances are electric, the shots and pacing are great...it’s perfect.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★

    Hallucinogenic, sun-drenched, intermittently funny and unnerving...it’s not as tight thematically or in its pacing as ‘Hereditary’, but still proves Ari Aster is a uniquely gifted auteur. The story circles around ideas about the function of collective emotional life, and relationships generally, but sometimes feels like it has sacrificed depth in service of its hazy psychotropic slow burn. The ideas are there though, and even if they’re not fully explored, it’s impressive to see them touched on in a visionary film…