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  • The Arbor

    The Arbor

    One of the best films of the century, and I truly believe that if it said, say, "Orson Welles" at the top instead of "Clio Barnard", it would be widely recognized as such.

    There are essentially two stories here:
    First, the story of Andrea Dunbar, who won a national playwriting competition at age 15 with a piece based on experiences she lived or witnessed living in a very lower-class housing project, and went on to a professional writing career (including…

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    I watched this last night, started attempting to write down my feelings, fell asleep, woke up and continued (at the expense of other obligations >_>), ultimately spending more time on this than I did watching the damn thing, because it basically ignited every neuron I had at once.

    The original writeup begins as follows:

    I don't... I can't.... words... how to... brain think... write... what... what??? what!!! what.............

    So there's a scene in this where a disintegrated body is put…

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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

    Well, Palpatine fucks now. That's canon.

    Did they have the second unit shoot the entire first act? I swear, from the opening crawl until they boarded the star destroyer (or whatever the hell it was), every single shot with characters in it - even a freaking helicopter shot circling a group of people - was shot at chest/face level. Every. Single. One. It was so lifeless, and artless, and un-creative. And, well, that's the movie in a nutshell. Only the…

  • The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides

    (Pinning this temporarily since it got buried quickly by non-reviews.)

    Going in, I didn't really know anything about this other than Sofia Coppola and Kirsten Dunst were the principals, and I don't know what I was expecting, exactly, but I definitely was *not* expecting this to be as... horrifying... as it is. I mean the word "suicides" (plural) is right there in the title, so I'm just oblivious, but... yeah. This is a horror movie.

    As it happens, I grew…