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  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    the key moment in which sally's agonizing screams give way to manic laughter, expanded and distilled into a 100-minute freakshow.

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    sims level cinema

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  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ½

    I thought about what makes this movie, and others in the series, so distinctly marvel, and the ways in which they differ in their construction from movies of a discernibly higher caliber, and in a way, I think it comes down to one keyword: functionality. These movies are mainly characterized by a devotion to narrative (in the plainest sense of the word) over everything else; loud, mind-numbing entertainment and shallow spectacle are designed to take precedence over aesthetics, feeling, composition,…

  • mother!

    mother!

    A torturous viewing experience. Intriguing enough for the first 20 minutes as a polanski-lite exercise in tension derived from external forces invading a seemingly quiet environment but quickly begins losing its power once the one trick pony formula is revealed. Aronofsky senselessly repeats the ''unwanted-guests-intruding'' plot device, gradually ramping up the stakes and intensity to the point of nauseating tedium, like the unbearable noise of a high pitched stuck piano note screaming in your ears for a total of two…