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  • The Bad Batch

    The Bad Batch

    ★★★½

    Maybe when I watch this movie again eventually (as I certainly plan to) I'll be able to more clearly put my thoughts about it into words, and I understand the criticism and think Amirpour reacted badly to the question posed to her by Bianca Xunise in Chicago, a black woman who obviously would be experiencing any film from a black woman's perspective and whose commentary deserved more respect, but there was so much I loved about it, particularly sweeping shots…

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    Murder on the Orient Express

    ★★★½

    Albert Finney is nigh unrecognizable as Poirot (he does wonderfully and injects the perfect amount of ridiculousness that is as important to Agatha Christie's most notorious detective as his incredible powers of deduction) and I am a sucker for a good ensemble cast; this includes everyone from Sean Connery and Vanessa Redgrave to Anthony Perkins and Ingrid Bergman. Really quite enjoyable and a great time capsule of not only the story's 1935 setting but also of 1974.

    I'm personally really looking forward to Kenneth Branagh's version in November, and can't wait to see what the differences are between the two adaptations.

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  • The Midnight Swim

    The Midnight Swim

    ★★★★

    Sometimes I think about what the landscape of film would be like right now if we were living in a matriarchy or gender-balanced society; if most films (or even half of films) had been directed and created by women. What a beautiful place that would be. What a strange land of wonders.

    As it is, when women do actually get to make films, there's always a patina of pain that I feel we can't help but include--after all, the lives…

  • My Cousin Rachel

    My Cousin Rachel

    ★★★★

    "Women want love to be a novel, men a short story." Daphne du Maurier.

    Of all the genres that be, the gothic is my favorite. It's probably the most difficult to describe or pin down--it has an innate abstractness that is crucial to the form, and is based in subtle emotional cues and carefully orchestrated mis en scene rather than traditional exposition. Gothicism is related to horror in that it wonders at the miseries inherent in existence, and the mysteries…