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  • Ultraviolet

    Ultraviolet

    Ugh. No, I had to stop it. Laying on a laughable amount of pointless exposition in the narration. It's not a film. It's the result of the ones in charge giving every assurance that the effects would make it watchable. They were so completely wrong.

  • Starry Eyes

    Starry Eyes

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Erin: What's the role for?

    Sarah: It's this movie called The Silver Scream.

    Erin: Oh my god. I hope that's a working title.

    --

    I never really bought into the myth of satanic cults running Hollywood. It may just be that weird often gets confused for evil. The idea, though, has made for some great stories.

    Deals with the devil complete with predictable outcomes. Sarah killed (gruesomely) the life that she was desperate to escape and in the process lost herself to change of the highest magnitude.

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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "It came here for a reason."
    I really liked the director's first film, so I was onboard with seeing this next attempt.

    As the movie got rolling, I wanted to hate it and fell asleep long before the midpoint. I put it back on the next morning and it felt better pushing through the setup a second time.

    The visuals were engaging but I couldn't stop thinking of Google's Deep Dream. The swirling psychedelia has run it's course already. Oh,…

  • Buffalo '66

    Buffalo '66

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "First thing, right off the bat, I'd like to apologize."

    Dysfunctional characters making mistakes is a fantastic way to ratchet up conflict.

    Billy Brown has completed his prison sentence and is not met by anyone as he leaves the fortified structure. He spends the rest of the film trying to reenter the system. One wrong decision after the next, it's in his blood.

    "Buffalo '66" draws you in and pushes you away. "Can you hold me a second? Don't touch me." The finale really stuck with me. It's rare that a film lets the audience experience the worst possible outcome and then mercifully corrects the situation.