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  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★½

    This really surprised me, in the best kind of way. I was expecting to be engaged by the story, and I was, but what I wasn’t expecting was how beautifully composed this was going to be. Cinematography and score are on point from start to finish to create a really singular atmosphere; this film manages to be unsettling and calming at the same time. I’m very impressed.

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★

    I don’t think this was a bad movie, but I also didn’t like a single thing about it? As someone who usually gravitates toward the offbeat, I found this curiously unaffecting.

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  • The Ritual

    The Ritual

    ★★★½

    the first half of this film is near-perfect horror - setting and direction come together for the perfect suspenseful ambience. it loses steam in the second half but I still enjoyed it overall, and thought rafe spall gave a really compelling performance.

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★½

    I have so much more respect for this movie than Hereditary. I don’t think Midsommar completely worked (it didn’t go far enough into horror to justify the gore; the character transformation at the end felt forced; some of the acting was real bad) but this was still a solidly paced, mesmerizing film, and I found it infinitely more unsettling than its underwhelming predecessor. Florence Pugh and William Jackson Harper were tremendous, and the score was perfection.