Tag: 2019

Black Christmas

To the tune of “Up on the Housetop”: “Up in the frat house, there’s one true factAnd that is, that I was attacked.Ho ho ho, I didn’t know.Ho ho ho, I didn’t know.Because up in the frat house click click click. You slipped me a roofieAnd then your dick.“ The second remake of the 1974…

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A Hidden Life

With each new film, Terrence Malick burrows even deeper into his niche. He’s an artist in the truest sense of the word, with his recent body of work consisting of uncompromising and challenging films that serve as sublime visual poetry for some and patience-burning wastes of time for others. A Hidden Life is his most…

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I Lost My Body

Our life is like a mystery. We will never be sure what will happen tomorrow or in the future. In fact, the only thing that is predictable about it is how unpredictable it is. This uncertainty along with all the scary things that happen in our life, like losing our loved ones or getting our…

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The Two Popes

Anthony McCarten, screenwriter of The Theory of Everything, Darkest Hour, and Bohemian Rhapsody, has returned this year to pen the Netflix biographical drama, The Two Popes, and reteams with his most faithful collaborator, the first paragraph of the Wikipedia page about his subject. Like McCarten’s other films, The Two Popes is generally entertaining even if…

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Knives Out

Rian Johnson’s work is typically layered and complex, weaving various plot threads and character arcs into films that can barely contain their own dense narrative. His addition to the massively homogenized Star Wars franchise is the boldest, densest entry since The Empire Strikes Back, even accounting for the disastrous idiosyncrasies of The Phantom Menace. Knives…

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Klaus

Christmas movies are unapologetically not my jam. I find even some of the hallmarks (no pun intended) incredibly hard to watch uncut, much less when I’m forced to sit through an extra hour of commercials. I don’t like to think of myself as a scrooge, but The Santa Clause, A Christmas Story and other films…

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Earthquake Bird

In his review for Hereditary, YouTube film critic Jeremy Jahns said “it does go for the slow burn, which is code for saying it was kinda boring.” I’ve always been frustrated with the oversimplification that a statement like that implies, and it’s a recurring point he makes in many reviews for films similar to last…

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21 Bridges

“We got twenty-one bridges in and out of Manhattan. Shut them down. Three rivers. Close them. Four tunnels. Block them. Stop every train and loop the subways. Then we flood the island with blue“. I’d like to start off this review by stating that my brother and I entered this film expecting to have a…

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Dark Waters

“A tenacious lawyer takes on a case involving a major company responsible for causing several people to be diagnosed with leukemia due to the town’s water supply being contaminated, at the risk of bankrupting his firm and career.” You’d be completely justified in thinking this IMDb plot description was for Dark Waters, Todd Haynes’ new…

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