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  • Calibre



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

    Hey there. I'm gonna spoil things, so stop reading if you've not seen it.

    At first, Calibre felt like something I've seen a hundred times before. Two old friends make a big, dumb mistake and fuck things up further by spur of the moment, equally dumb decisions. The isolated setting. The I-Hate-City-Lads locals. The angelic lead and his unhinged pal. It's all very, very familiar. But where Calibre is different is just how sickeningly unrelenting and downright bleak it is.…

  • Meet Me in St. Louis

    Meet Me in St. Louis


    Meet Me in St. Louis doesn't quite live up to its excellent first half, and it has a somewhat frustratingly saccharine ending, but when this is good it's good. There are two sequences in particular that are absolutely astonishing. There is the strange Halloween tangent where the film switches focus to the brilliant Tootie (played so well by the young Margaret O'Brien). This whole sequence is gorgeously shot and hysterically funny. It's such a bold and fascinating sidestep. Even better…

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    The Boxer's Omen


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