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  • Infinity Pool
  • Bottoms
  • The Watermelon Woman
  • Life of Brian

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  • Infinity Pool

    ★★★★½

  • BlackBerry

    ★★★★

  • All of Us Strangers

    ★½

  • The Bling Ring

    ★★★½

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  • BlackBerry

    BlackBerry

    ★★★★

    “I created this entire fucking market!”

    I assumed I would dislike this like I have most of the product-focused films of late, but, on the contrary, I love it because it takes so much glee in setting up the downfall. It reminds one of an episode of The Office, but one with real dark humor. The camera work is reminiscent of The Office as well, but it is very well calculated, shifting focus onto little nuances that would otherwise go…

  • The Lovely Bones

    The Lovely Bones

    ★★★★½

    This hit for me. Saoirse Ronin gives the perfect look/tone for the in-between place she’s in; Mark Wahlberg plays his part exquisitely, giving equal parts grief and hope; and Susan Sarandon shocked me with her darkly comical turn as an uncaring grandmother. The CGI is that type that was pretty common in the late ‘00s / early ‘10s — think Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland; I didn’t like that sort of thing at the time, but it has since grown…

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  • Infinity Pool

    Infinity Pool

    ★★★★½

    Well, that’s certainly an experience! Time will tell whether it holds up for me, but my initial reaction is very strong towards the shock of it all. The masks are some of the best designed horror masks I’ve ever seen—grotesque, symbolic, and unsettling. 

    Mia Goth brings in a delectably perverse charm that is unpredictable and effervescent. The story is a bit confusing, but thematically it is very strong. The notion of doubling is always a powerful one in horror, but here it is taken to an extreme level that forces all sorts of additional conundrums. 

    I saw a penis

  • All of Us Strangers

    All of Us Strangers

    ★½

    A three-day chore to get through. Suffice it to say, it didn’t click with me like it appears to have done for others. It’s beyond pretentious with a plodding narrative that barely makes any use of its conceit until it upends everything with a ridiculous twist. The best moments are the subtle notes of pure love—the light touches of the other’s hair, the glances of desire that measure the other’s willingness to proceed, etc. That’s all potentially lovely, but it really is spoiled by the story. I definitely wanted it to end (but not like that!).

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  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★★★

    Perfect. I love every shot, every choice—this goes places I didn’t expect and then veers off from those to even darker realms. The characters are really well developed and the crisis is allowed to develop with significant tension that builds to a dramatic climax. There is ample symbolism and plenty of really cool shots. There is a thoroughly gruesome eye-stabbing sequence—that eye stuff gets me every time, I should make a list. 

    This film (as were several of my previously…

  • Holmes & Watson

    Holmes & Watson

    This film started off alright, but after the initial trial scene everything about the film goes downhill at a terrific pace. Everyone involved had to have known that this sucked. It’s absolutely fascinating how bad this film is. The jokes are as stale as a seven-year-old jar of urine.  

    They try nobly to save things towards the end with a comical musical montage that gave me my only real laugh, but it’s a late hail mary pass with no hope of averting the loss. The actual climax is painful to watch and I want it destroyed.