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  • Flesh and Bone
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
  • Force Majeure
  • Halloween

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  • The Orphanage

    ★★★★

  • Squid Game

    ★★★

  • The Quiet Man

    ★★★★

  • Till Death

    ★★★½

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  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold

    ★★★★½

    “Before, he was evil and my enemy; now, he is evil and my friend.”
    If you know me well you know have a small (large) weakness for John Le Carre cinematic adaptations. The Spy Who Came In From Home is one of the oldest and seen as one of the best, a reputation it most assuredly deserves. Le Carre’s trademark complex, labyrinthine takedown of mythmaking in regards to espionage and the ideologies of those who engage in it is expertly…

  • Flesh and Bone

    Flesh and Bone

    ★★★★★

    “It ain’t my face the boys wanna see.”
    Every so often a film buff comes across a movie that feels tailor made for them. Coming from writer/director Steve Kloves, who has only helmed one other feature (The Fabulous Baker Boys) and whose writing credits include seven of the eight Harry Potter films of all things, Flesh and Bone held me in its spell from opening frame to credit roll. Part somber, bleak neo Western, part Shakespearean familial saga, part tragic…

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  • Till Death

    Till Death

    ★★★½

    Meg choosing a part as a final girl for one of her opening post-Jennifer’s Body comeback roles feels both poetic and purposeful. Given the real-life wringer she’s been put through by the public, the press, and the industry, it certainly feels a long time coming. And after kind of a rocky start for the first 10 or so minutes—mostly due to a truly amateur script attempting to set the context regarding her life and relationships—she absolutely kills it (lol). Not…

  • White Bird in a Blizzard

    White Bird in a Blizzard

    ★★★

    “You scratch the surface, and there’s just more surface.”
    My first Araki. I put on White Bird in a Blizzard on a whim because it’s leaving Prime this month. A bit of browsing on LB after finishing reveals that this latest film of his is one of his most conventional flicks, being a rare studio picture from an auteur who usually rocks the indie circuit.
    It wasn’t much of a surprise to learn that the story is based on a…

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  • Mill of the Stone Women

    Mill of the Stone Women

    ★★½

    There were exactly two scenes in this which captured my attention and I could say I genuinely enjoyed. The first is at the halfway point when Hans is tripping out on drugs given to him by Dr. Bolem and he goes on a truly atmospheric and surreal exploration of the titular windmill. The visuals and sound design are strong here, with the inherent claustrophobia of the setting used to good effect. The second scene was the wild ending with the…

  • Halloween Kills

    Halloween Kills

    False advertising. This is a Friday the 13th movie.
    The casualties this time include a sassy biracial couple and also a homosexual couple, named Big John and Little John (really?), who live in Michael Myers’ old home, which they’ve redecorated to within an inch of its dark polished floorboards. That these two treat Halloween night as an occasion to eat fancy snacks and watch Minnie and Moskowitz made me realize there are tropes I wish Michael could murder.
     “It’s all happening,”…