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  • Friendly Beast

    ★★★½

  • Dual

    ★★★½

  • Code Name: Cougar

    ★★

  • The Seventh Curse

    ★★½

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  • The Past

    The Past

    ★★★★

    🌟Day 2 of Asghar Farhadi Appreciation Week🌟

    This film is desperately human and fucking excellent!

    Nutshell: The Past is about a man who returns to Paris to finalize his divorce. However, once there, he finds himself entangled in a web of open tensions, thinly-veiled resentments, and buried secrets.

    Farhadi's humanistic sensibilities and hyperkeen eye for detail pays dividends as he once again showcases why he's the master of intricately-plotted domestic dramas. The Past revolves around imperfect characters you can't help…

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  • Friendly Beast

    Friendly Beast

    ★★★½

    I love being rewarded for going into a movie blind!

    If you were to cross-pollinate the sentiment behind the terms “What a twist!” and “That escalated quickly!” and then amplify it to a grotesque degree with tainted steroids and distill it into cinematic form, you’d get Friendly Beast…

    This movie is bizarrely deranged and capitalizes on a simple set up and a single location (a restaurant) to pull off what kinda feels like a claustrophobic interrogation of the human animal.…

  • Mulan: Rise of a Warrior

    Mulan: Rise of a Warrior

    ★★★

    Mulan: Rise of a Warrior is a decent but ultimately unremarkable war drama with barebones storytelling.

    This movie's a bit too muddled, too undercooked character-wise, and too rushed in certain areas for my personal taste. Also, it's plagued by some wonky editing that feels amateurish.

    I suspect the fairly positive rating is largely due to backlash thanks to Disney's live action Mulan because, while it's fine, it just isn't that good.

    ✨Comparison with Disney's live action Mulan✨

    In general, this…

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  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★½

    Idk, man...I legit don't know what I just saw. 😳😆😒

    I'm jealous that so many people are able to enjoy this. For me, though, Titane's particular blend of batshit, bizarre, and bewildering elements didn't resonate with me.

    At no point was I bored, but there were moments of exasperation. I don't think it's "bad," but I was glad when it was finally over.

    I don't hate it. I feel...nothing. I'm utterly indifferent. This wasn't for me. And my indifference is to the point that I don't even care enough to attempt to articulate why it didn't work for me.

    🌟Added to Horror Gorge Month 2021 list🌟

  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★★½

    Glaring problematic issues aside, Mulan is more decent than awful to me. I have little doubt that I'd think more unfavorably about it if I had the same strong emotional connection so many clearly have to the Disney 90s cartoon that I never watched...

    The creators tried: It's well-made and has some cool visuals. Outside those things, much of this is aggressively mediocre. I don't have much to say about this one, so here's 5 quick points:

    1️⃣ I hate…