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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★½

    Hereditary (2018) turned a lot of heads for a few reasons, the first of which was probably a total sucker punch of a plot point that was tough for even the most jaded horror fans. Another was the way in which director Ari Aster slid back and forth between the visual language of independent drama and the surrealistic peaks of the character’s supernatural visions.

    Midsommar is his follow-up to that breakthrough movie, and it is in many ways a thematic sequel. Fans of Aster’s work will cheer it, and those who are decidedly not fans will likely find their opinions unchanged.

    For the entire review:
    twincitiesgeek.com/2019/07/midsommar-burns-with-the-midnight-sun/

  • Q

    Q

    ★★★½

    Strangely, the creature effects were less impressive than the last viewing, but the performances, particularly Micheal Moriarty (Jimmy Quinn), are more engaging. Cool gore effects, though, and if any film of this era needs a reboot/remake, my vote would be a big "Hell Yeah!" for this one.

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  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★★½

    What with this film and the way Narcos is surging on Netflix, you could almost imagine that the cartels are taking an old school Hollywood approach to propoganda. They do have plenty of money to throw around don't they?

    Anyway, none of this should besmirch this excellent follow-up to the equally excellent, but underrated, "Prisoners". Part Traffic, part Syriana and part Heat this is a hard dark look at the murky goings-on between American agencies and crime cartels. Whether or…

  • Lost River

    Lost River

    ★★★½

    In case you haven't noticed, Cannes stopped being a reliable arbiter of cinematic quality over a decade ago. If not before that. There's plenty of great stuff that gets the oak leaf nod, but many more that are far less deserving. It's almost as if there are other factors than filmic talent at play. Imagine!

    Anyway, the smart person's game has not been to follow the "winners" of Cannes, but rather the panned and despised. Especially since many of these…