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  • The Falls
  • Right Now, Wrong Then
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  • The Death of Stalin

    The Death of Stalin

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

    shallow, clumsy, sanctimonious torture porn that tries to do several things at once, none of them successfully, lurching between a depiction of its characters as comic figures and historical entities without committing to either. the historicity is further stymied by a weird superimposition of anglo social dynamics and class signifiers, and an incoherent metanarrative which never successfully passes judgement on any of the characters, even, shockingly, beria. rather than leave it up to the viewer to condemn beria's monstrous behaviour,…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

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

    what if the world is controlled by secret forces? every decision and every tragedy preordained. and there would be in the knowledge of such a life only tragedy, no joy. or perhaps, only joy, which would be more terrible.

    this isn't really a film about a breakup because the only character who really exists or has depth is dani, and her attachment to the world is fraught at best. grief or trauma or depression is presented as a painful nullification…