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  • Carnival of Souls

    Carnival of Souls

    ★★★★

    John Clifford, the screenwriter, said:

    "I don’t know all the director’s secrets, but I do know I have a writer’s secret in Carnival that helps make it stay in the minds of some of its fans. Apparently, none of the many people who have written about the film has noticed it: I decided early on to give the heroine no real sympathy or understanding from any other character. For the viewer, there is no relief from her dilemma, no catharsis…

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★½

    Barry Lyndon meets Heathers. I absolutely loved it.

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★

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

    I thought it ruled, first off. I thought it was fun, beautifully shot, entertaining from start to finish. It was densely packed, plot-wise, but I thought it moved things along really well. It seems to me that most of the people who disliked it or were lukewarm (haha! get it?!) to it are turbo-nerds who suck and who don't enjoy anything for itself, but who just want everything explained to them every second and for it to fit their pre-determined…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    After a year of memes and film twitter shitposts, I was relieved and delighted to discover that it's still as enthralling as it was on its first viewing. That score, those gowns, those omelettes.

    Something else, too:

    A Hitchcock leading lady? Bluebeard's final wife? Sure, Alma (the name, hello) is all of those, but I was very interested in her untold story. Here she is, obviously alone in England, obviously from Somewhere Else (one imagines it's a central or eastern-ish…