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  • Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

    Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

    ★★★

    maybe this should be fewer stars on the whole, I liked it less and less as it descended into what became frankly ludicrous melodrama but motome’s death scene is just so agonizingly well done, beautifully paced and staged...

  • Pickup on South Street

    Pickup on South Street

    ★★★★★

    even more seductive and devastating on the big screen. “anyway, I tried.” probably my fave fuller

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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…