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  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    ★★★★½

    “Long live the new flesh.”

    Videodrome
    is an expertly executed descent into insanity, at times being just as manipulative towards the viewer as Max’s deceitful reality is to him. It’s a forewarning of great proportions, how our minds can become an extension of what we consume on the screen. As the hallucinations progress and tones both sexual and ultra-violent occupy nearly every frame, we ourselves become lost to the onscreen madness, sitting passenger to visual falsehoods. We come to doubt…

  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

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

    It’s got a wonderful defense mechanism.”

    Alien is one of the most sexually driven films I’ve experienced, even without innuendos or any hint towards actual sexual activity. There are many instances of blatant visualizations of genitalia, namely in the design of the Xenomorph itself; in its most disturbing moments, it’s is all too suggestive towards sexually aggressive acts. 

    The synopsis of the entire first half of Alien can be traced parallel to the reproductive process for humans. 

    It all starts…

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★★★

    Let me preface by saying that Queen is one of my favorite bands, and easily a contender for my all time favorite. I can’t deny that I went in with very high hopes to see a fully realized adaptation of their legendary career, with Rami Malek at the forefront parading in all of Mercury’s grandeur. What was given to us was a rather formulaic, definitely pandering work for a band that deserves so much more. It breaks my heart.

    Rami…

  • The Exorcist

    The Exorcist

    ★★★★½

    Fantastic horror (no pun intended). The Exorcist brought about a new era of horror films, which is understandable given audiences’ reactions during its theatrical run. Now, I watched this with some friends, but I do wish Id’ve watched this alone, given that I hadn’t seen it before. I don’t know what they’d been watching (or smoking) beforehand, but I didn’t find Reagen’s horrendous outbursts a tad bit funny unlike the rest of the room, and, by no fault of the…

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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★

    My legs felt like air as I left the theater. Hereditary is terrifying and host to disturbing images aplenty. The camerawork is astounding and is the culprit for lots of unsettling, foreboding moments: slow pans and (very) long takes riddle the atmosphere with tension. Toni Collette is absolutely incredible here, and scenes with her at centerstage prove to be many of the film’s highlights. 

    The final act is one of the most harrowing things I’ve experienced in a theater. Utilizing…

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★½

    It has been a while since I’ve left the theater feeling a certain hollowness. I wanted nothing more than to like Solo: A Star Wars Story. But, while it had some well-composed moments, it didn’t really do anything for me unlike every other installment in the Star Wars franchise. I finally understand the feeling that many others have voiced with some modern blockbusters: the feeling that a film is artificial, manufactured, produced for a quick dollar. It’s with a heavy…