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  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

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    I remember when the sequel to Prometheus was going to be named Paradise, Shaw's voiceover fresh in my mind: "...I am still searching." It was one of those sort of lines Damon Lindelof seems to really like writing. "Big things have small beginnings," etc. Nice and tidy, with implications of scope, even optimism, something one might expect more from Star Trek. Still, I found the idea of leaving this outpost where "only death" remained to seek out the Engineer homeworld…

  • Black Mirror: San Junipero

    Black Mirror: San Junipero

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

    ...so where this particularly hit home with me was, "I don't want you to see me." This was just as it became clearer what this was: actual time travel? Hopping through customized pocket dimensions? Ah, yes, ultra-realistic virtual havens for a second life, lived in a new body. Not a game, exactly, though games did seem to be a popular activity in these otherworlds. But these were just distractions, boys' toys in a place where one could explore oneself in…

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  • Coco

    Coco

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    Watched this last night and basically wept the whole time. Yesterday got me, like, viscerally fucked up and upset. I'm absolutely deathly afraid of what's happening. This was so vibrant, beautiful and comforting in ways I felt I did not even deserve.

  • Insomnia

    Insomnia

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    Kept thinking as I noticed the small town murder mystery hallmarks which reminded me of Twin Peaks (it's a logging town, there's a slacker punk biker boyfriend who might be implicated, a certain ineptitude defines the local police force, there's some mention of a body having been wrapped in plastic, etc.) that this straightforward story is done no favors by Nolan's absolutely bland, muddled, anti-Twin Peaks, anti-style, garbage direction. The actors' performances and the plain setting barely hold it together…

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  • Elle

    Elle

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    Demonlover 2, indeed. There was certainly a sense that Assayas owed to Verhoeven in terms of aesthetics and provocation β€” hentai and CGI porn essentially mimicking RoboCop's cuts to absurd commercials, or its frankness toward sexual taboo, among other things. This returns here via video game cutscenes, perhaps as a discreet reminder of the director we're dealing with β€” one who has been largely absent for more than 15 years, save for 2006's Black Book β€” cutting into a film…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

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

    A few years ago, my girlfriend (henceforth "G") and I lived in a pretty nice area close to downtown Portland, Oregon, and we got out a lot more. Because of jobs we found and because it was kind of expensive, we moved further out, and since then we've mostly been homebodies, going to work and coming home to watch movies and occasionally go out to a movie in the neighborhood or to see a band maybe a bit further into…