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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★½

    "Was I you...? Were you me...?"

    ***

    There are... there are just... there are just so many... SO MANY goddamn terrifying images and sounds in Annihilation...

    ...noises so inhuman, and music so unearthly, that I simply cannot shake them from my memory...

    ...and imagery so jaw-droppingly beautiful, and so nightmare-inducingly horrifying (sometimes even simultaneously), that is forever seared into my brain, and burned into my corneas...

    ...that I just... I cannot even with this mind-fuckery.

    (Oh, and on a completely…

  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya

    ★★★★★

    "There's no such thing as truth. It's bullshit. Everyone has their own truth, and life just does whatever the fuck it wants."

    ***

    I honestly did not expect to be as thoroughly immersed in - and engrossed by - the dumbfoundingly unbelievable story of I, Tonya as I wound up becoming.

    But with its combination of pulse-poundingly exhilarating ice-skating sequences (shot with the similar intricacy and intensity of Darren Aronofsky filming ballet and wrestling), as well as its caustic and…

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    "My world is fire and blood."

    ***

    You've heard all the hype by now.
    Said hype has reached Breaking Bad-levels of insane acclaim.
    Which begs the question:
    Is the hype deserved?

    YES.
    YES YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES.

    30 years have passed since the last Mad Max movie.
    Many imitators and pretenders to the throne of action cinema have come and gone in those intervening decades, and with the occasional exceptions here and there (e.g. The Raid), the past decade…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    "Here's to the ones who dream / Foolish as they may seem /
    Here's to the hearts that ache / Here's to the mess we make..."

    ***

    La La Land is GREAT.

    But is it really 7 Golden Globes-winning "GREAT"?

    Or, even more especially, is it really 14 - freakin' FOURTEEN!! - Oscar-nominations "GREAT"?

    See, here's the thing:
    I'm afraid that all of this overwhelmingly monumental amount of hyperbolic hype and astounding acclaim is going to eventually negatively impact the…