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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★

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

    I enjoyed this a LOT less the second time. walked out of my first viewing laughing with incredulous delight at his audacity, at the fact that he went there with it; this time, with nothing to surprise me, the things that bothered me on first viewing bothered me even more. namely alma. we see her only through woodcock's eyes, to the point that it feels like a parody: she does, says, feels nothing that is not... him. the fact that…

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★½

    replace gleeson’s and isaac’s characters with hux and poe and the dynamic would not change

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  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    ★★

    I rewatched this because a lot of y'all have been tweeting your love for it recently & while I liked it I didn't, like, revere it, so I wondered if I was missing something. I wasn't. men's "understanding" of how women experience/metabolize sexual trauma is so limited. they can't imagine a response that isn't vengeful/violent. while I'm fond of lisbeth, and love mara's performance, she's a male fantasy: junk food diet + fast metabolism and all. and, of course, she's a…

  • Atomic Blonde

    Atomic Blonde

    ½

    this is an abjectly awful movie and I hated it. saw it b/c david leitch co-directed JOHN WICK, which I love, & because a critic I should know better than to trust by now gave it 4 stars. (won't be making that mistake again.)

    ATOMIC BLONDE is an empty husk of a film, embarrassingly enthralled with its own idea of "cool" (which manages to be both childish and boorishly masculine at the same time): big sunglasses, spike heels (with chains on…