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  • Martyrs

    Martyrs

    ★★½

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

    Went in knowing only it's reputation, and was doubly pleased to discover that not only did it have a wonderful winding story but it wasn't actually about torture, but the fallout from it, about compassion and love in the face of it, about the emotional labor of wading into someone else's trauma and taking on whatever burden you can because you love them and they deserve it.

    And then the third act happens. Oops. Nevermind. Not only is the twist…

  • The Bagman

    The Bagman

    ★½

    If a SOV slasher isn't going to be baffling or funny or aesthetically challenging, you at least hope it will feel specific and reveal some truths about it's creators. This has none of that, really.

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  • Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

    Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

    "These guys were outrageous!"
    *Cut to cartoon boobs*
    "You couldn't believe the places they would go."
    *Cut to cartoon boobs*
    "I mean, you had never seen anything like it!"
    *Cut to cartoon boobs"

  • Repulsion

    Repulsion

    ★★★★½

    The first hour or so makes up such a perfect anxiety nightmare that it bummed me out when it went a more typical (albeit eventful) route of "her madness is making her KILL!" The Polanski that made me squirm during mundane scenes in Rosemary's Baby purely through the power of his mise-en-scene is multiplied by five here, to the point where it got too much for me and I had to pause the movie to go do chores. Polanski's famous…