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  • Freaky

    Freaky

    ★★★½

    This new mix-and-match horror-comedy by Christopher Landon is pretty funny and very fun, mostly due to the great performances by both Vince Vaughn and Kathryn Newton.

    It also seems to be doing a little more in the gender-role reversal, non-binary identity, and sexual fluidity than just having a man and a woman switch bodies. A lot of smaller moments that might seem insignificant at first glance are actually strengthening that theme and, while it sometimes feels a bit ridiculous and…

  • The Queen's Gambit

    The Queen's Gambit

    ★★★

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

    A classic Syd Field structured story with all the elements of a rags-to-riches/triumph-over-adversity plot, The Queen's Gambit is indeed fun to watch, pretty to look at, engaging, and has great performances, but it also boasts many problems in its structure, emotional arcs, characters, and themes that make it seem sometimes amateurish and mostly way too plotty for its own good.

    Structure wise, the show takes weird decisions that seem like they go against the logical story arc or the emotional…

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  • The Cloud in Her Room

    The Cloud in Her Room

    ★★★★

    Far from being the least narrative film I saw at FNC this year, The Cloud in Her Room does willfully withhold narrative elements in order to create "pure emotions" instead of feelings driven by story. Jean-Luc Godard at his most experimental meets Wong Kar-Wai at his horniest, if that speaks to you, I couldn't recommend this one any more.

    +7.6/10

  • Red Post on Escher Street

    Red Post on Escher Street

    ★★★½

    Sono's latest descent into chaos isn't his best, but it is probably his most heartfelt. With an overload of characters, Sono uses every second of the befitting 147-minute running time to introduce and expand on his characters and their relationships giving us his point of view on heroes and extras, toxic masculinity and its impact on women (toxic femininity?), and the multitude of thankless jobs cinema has to offer. Unfortunately, despite its nuanced, if over-the top, depiction of most of…