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  • The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

    The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

    ★★★

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

    The beginning of this movie is dope and the ending is dope. The middle kind of ruins it. Not enough Stanwyck. I feel like you could legit edit out twenty minutes though and it could be a good or maybe even near great film. The opening stuff is super compelling because it's kind of curious and moves very quickly. There's something evocative about how it unfolds, this girl murdering her aunt in her mansion. Then it jumps forward and gets…

  • The Vikings

    The Vikings

    ★★★

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    I learned about vikings! At least I hope this film was accurate haha. It's surprisingly brutal with people having their hands chopped off and people being fed to wild dogs. Loved the thing with Curtis being tied up in the crab infested water. Dope stuff. Also some dope gothic-ish imagery that I appreciated. I liked the hawk sequence and the axe throwing sequence. It has that deeply repressed 1950s sexuality that's crazy vibrant, no matter how unhealthy it may have…

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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★½

    If the whole thing with the parents and the sister at the beginning had been cut out, how would the plot be different in any sense? If that sequence where she exhales a black cloud of smoke were cut out, how would that change the film at all? If you've just witnessed a group of people commit a violent act, would you really sneak in and take pictures when you were expressly forbidden to do so previously? Or what about…

  • Tully

    Tully

    ★★★★

    I really really liked this movie. Much like Young Adult, it plays like a short story with a great deal of impact. There's a sort of "happy" montage in the middle of the film and it actually made me happy watching it. In fact several of the montages are really well done. There's a wonderful element of examining the life of a woman in various stages within this film, not only as a general theme in the trilogy of Reitman/Cody…