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  • Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

    ★★★★

  • Dressed to Kill

    ★★★

  • Jurassic World Dominion

  • Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★

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  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    ★★★★½

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

    The Talented Mr. Ripley is a film of two halves. The first half consists of Tom lying his way into Dickie's life and falling more and more in love with the man, the way he lives and the freedom his wealth allows.

    The second half begins after Dickie is killed by Tom. And our hero assumes the dead man's identity and finds ways to escape capture each and every time by manipulating, by fabricating lies on the fly. By almost…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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

    I wish I could say I'm just disappointed with Rise of Skywalker... but that would be an understatement. Sigh...

    This certainly feels like the end of something but not the Skywalker Saga™. It signifies the end of creativity of Star Wars, or at least that's what it feels like. This is the death of everything good about the sequel trilogy and the advancement of brand and empty nostalgia full stop. Above everything else.

    I've been so infuriated by this film,…

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  • Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

    Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

    ★★★★

    I've always loved this movie and now I can see why.

    It's a fantasy of competence and career success for a teenage girl (Christina Applegate) with the greatest fashion sense. It completely pushes the dead babysitter plotline aside after the Burton-esque opening, and instead focuses on a fantasy of becoming petit bourgeois. The movie unfolds at such an economical pace, and Applegate is so likable that it's hard to deal with the real world implications of the class struggle and…

  • Dressed to Kill

    Dressed to Kill

    ★★★

    The first half was wonderfully erotic and thrilling. Love the POV shots, the camera rushing forwards, very subjective experience. Loved the cat and mouse flirtation at the art museum. The power dynamics, the desire, the disappointment, the eventual sex. THE GLOVE! The way De Palma puts us into Kate Miller's shoes was very evocative.

    But once the film switches to Nancy Allen's perspective, I think the quality quickly drops. The tension and suspense are still profoundly successful, but the movie…

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    I wanted to compile a list of articles, videos and editorials that helped me dig deeper into Call Me By Your Name.

    How a Little Film Touched So Many Lives. Arranged/edited/curated by Barb Mirell. A book filled with stories from people who watched the movie and were deeply effected by its power. A large variety of demographics around the world are represented. A global fanbase. Profits from the book go to The Trevor Project which provides crisis and suicide prevention…

  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★½

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

    This isn't just one of the worst movies of the year.

    It might be one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

    It pissed me off in a way that movies so rarely do. I had so many objections with the structure, the stylistic choices, the writing and the representation of this movie that it exhausted me.

    Any attempts to further unpack all my problems with It have made me want to just shut down.

    I wasn't sure if…