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  • The Grapes of Death

    The Grapes of Death

    ★★★½

    I definitely drank wine while I watched this, because I like to live dangerously.

  • My Favorite Season

    My Favorite Season

    ★★★

    I wonder if I'm the wrong audience for a film like this, that basically revolves around familial bickering. My family is by no means perfect but we prefer to sweep our conflicts under the rug, thanks very much. So the almost nonstop arguing in this film wasn't just uncomfortable to me, it was actively baffling, like listening to aliens in human suits performing Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honestly the fact that I'm focusing so much on the conflicts between…

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  • The Suckling

    The Suckling

    ★★★½

    Some elements of this are hilariously bad (most of the acting and dialogue, some of the camera work), while others are really impressive for a movie of any budget (the creature effects!). I'm tempted to say the creature effects are TOO good for this film, but there are a few moments of creative insanity that actually bring the film up to the level of the special effects, however briefly.

    Mostly this movie made me laugh at our ideas about what…

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★

    It's hard to imagine a more vivid and terrifying portrayal of maybe my single greatest fear, pregnancy after the apocalypse. So thanks, I guess, Jon Krasinski, for visualizing that for me so horrifically. I wish the film wasn't so sharply divided on gender lines and so focused on the way men singlehandedly try to protect their families, although part of that is out of necessity. But that was outweighed for me by the fact that Krasinski cast a deaf actress to play the daughter, which makes everyone's performances more authentic.