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  • The Store

    The Store

    ★★★★½

    Neiman-Marcus' main store is a space adorned with all that glitters. We find this piece of Renaissance Revival architecture slotted amidst other grand buildings of varying styles, it's here that the confluence of product and consumer provides sustenance for the company. Watching much of this is like viewing a machine in action ("we're salesmen", "this is a selling institution"), one frequently reevaluating itself in order to appear acquiescent to customers and improve upon their main purpose: selling. This leads onto…

  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★★★★

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

    If Unbreakable is about moving past trauma and growing from it, this brings it full circle. Glass tells us to return to our memories so that we may question our beliefs and learn who we are, why we are how we are, and, finally, to become masters unto ourselves. What this film depicts is the bridling of opposites whose simple belief in themselves proves dangerous, their susceptibility to the machinations of those whose power exists abstractly turns the appearance of…

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  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    At first I thought Iñárritu was simply doing a parody of Malick and Peckinpah. Then I realised that this was meant to be taken seriously.

  • The Thing

    The Thing

    ★★★★

    The swirling snow and frozen landscape of the Antarctic may as well be the urban cities of They Live or Prince of Darkness. It still feels the same, the intense animosity of the surroundings and what may be standing in the distance or who we can trust. And because of that we get this sort of vacuum, an empathy vacuum, there's so much focus on the drama and the surroundings we never actually feel a connection to any of these…