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  • Zorns Lemma

    Zorns Lemma

    ★★★★

    "I wonder if it's going to be a V or a U this time. It's almost never a U. Nevermind, it's two hands peeling an orange now. So he's basically using the classical latin alphabet but sneaking J and U in there sometimes? No, that can't be it because W wasn't a thing until..." - Pretty much sums up what was going through my head during roughly the first third, after which I realized I was being too literal, soon…

  • Abducted in Plain Sight

    Abducted in Plain Sight

    ★★

    Title is imprecise, as she wasn't just abducted "in plain sight", she was basically abducted with her parents consent (twice!). The story is evidently insane (it would be considered ridiculously implausible were it fiction), but... sorry, as a movie this is crap. When it's not painfully conventional and inept (that's some shitty faux-super 8 effect you got there, folks), it's downright reprehensible, with an ugly tabloid mentality of curating material for maximum shock value (including a reenactment of child abuse,…

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★

    Pretty effective until the climax, which in theory should be right up my alley (movies should go for broke like this way more often), but what it gains in bonkers excess it loses in atmospheric creepiness, a trade-off that made me realize I didn't care at all about anything that was happening. Then there's the tangential epilogue, which plain doesn't work imho. How am I supposed to access the proper state of mind to get anything out of that scene after witnessing so much batshitness? You're asking too much, Luca.

  • Bird People

    Bird People

    ★★★★½

    Two simple tales about escaping the mundane trappings of one's life, the first pragmatic and sad, the second surreal and giddy. As soon as the weirdness starts to happen in "Audrey", I had a big smile on my face up until the end, and actually laughed out loud from pure joy a couple of times. Not that "Gary" isn't also great, and of course the two halves complement each other, Audrey's newfound condition reflecting what's missing from Gary's life: not…