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  • The Beastmaster

    The Beastmaster

    ★★★½

    Scavenger Hunt tasks #20 and 21: watch two movies that sound like they should be in the same franchise but are not (with Beast)

    I can't believe I never saw this as a kid! I would 100% have convinced myself EYE was the new Beastmaster for the modern era. I love when high fantasy manages to not get bogged down in like explaining a million clans and alliances and whatnot. This is wall-to-wall action and it still looks pretty dope! I could have done with less frightened doe eyes from our alleged warrior princess love interest, but overall this was a ripping yarn.

  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    ★★★★½

    Scavenger Hunt task #8: watch a movie that explores the theme of isolation

    I can't think of anything more universal than needing someone even if they're bad for you, or hating how much you need them, or hating the other person for only seeing what they want to see in you. I wish I could go back in time and watch it as a 20something to see if I related to the same elements back then as I do now.…

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  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★½

    I'm already bracing myself for all the filmbros who are going to proclaim this "not that scary" or complain about how Elisabeth Moss's character should have left sooner or whatever. For everyone who actually believes partner violence is a real thing that can happen to them, this is one of the scariest movies ever made. And while it depicts actual partner violence, it also creates an elegant and effective metaphor for abusive relationships: you know something is wrong but you can't see it, and you know that whatever is happening to you is invisible to everyone else.

  • The Guest

    The Guest

    ★★★★★

    Still a perfect movie. I love the progression from squirming discomfort to "maybe this dude is OK" to "holy shit this goes all the way to the top." I love how Dan Stevens manages to be charming, sexy, and scary all at once. I love that you're rooting for both him and the hapless family he descends upon (as opposed to most slasher movies where the killer is some faceless menace and you are actively rooting for his victims to…