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  • Fear Street: 1666

    ★★★★½

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    ★★★★½

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  • Legend

    Legend

    I was blown away by the sheer look of this film. But, thinking about it now, I’m not so sure about its take on monobrows. Tom Cruise sports what looks like his natural monobrow in this, and because his character is good, natural, and authentic, this suggests that we are meant to infer that monobrows are good, natural, and authentic as well. But then, when the forces of darkness give Princess Lili an “evil” makeover in an attempt to corrupt…

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    Hairat

    ★★★★★

    There’s a particular kind of loneliness I sometimes experience at nighttime, when existential dread creeps into my thoughts, and my mind is too sleepy to put up its usual shields, and I can’t use my surroundings to ground myself because all I see is black, and I can’t resort to companionship either because every creature in my house is sleeping. I had been thinking about this kind of loneliness shortly before deciding to watch this short film about a man…

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  • Fear Street: 1666

    Fear Street: 1666

    ★★★★½

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

    The first half: I kept thinking about the SNL “Lesbian Period Drama” sketch. It’s so exciting to have, in this film, an entirely different model of queer story set in the olden days: where a queer romance is both central to the plot and in many ways also not, where the genre is horror (and proper horror at that) rather than drama, where dialogue and pacing aren’t too weighed down by meticulous attention to historical verisimilitude (much as I adore…

  • Fear Street: 1994

    Fear Street: 1994

    ★★★★½

    Sweet kids, big emotions, bright neons, scary monsters. Loved it. Absolutely loved it. Particularly I loved the main five kids. So much. To the point that when a few inevitably end up getting killed, I almost wanted to stop watching from how heartbroken I was. I even loved goofy Simon: he would have been absolutely obnoxious in any other version of this film, indeed all his quirky male sidekick predecessors are (your Xanders, your Randys), but instead he’s a big…

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  • Footprints

    Footprints

    existential dread warning!
    (not mine, just in general)

    This might be the only giallo to deal—however obliquely—with the on-going environmental catastrophe, and the toll it can take on a person’s mental health.

    It’s easy to miss, what with all the weird things that happen in this film, but the event that triggers Alice’s breakdown is the lecture she’s forced to simultaneously translate—because it’s her job—on how the planet is fucked (according to the lecturer, the oceans would all be “biologically…

  • A Page of Madness

    A Page of Madness

    ★★★★★

    Watched with the wonderful Collab

    I went into this film knowing—or thinking—it had a reputation for being difficult to understand. In fact I was pretty much expecting a non-stop succession of surreal imagery. However, I think the extent to which this film is difficult to understand has been overstated. I can’t say I am confident I can explain every single thing that happens in every scene, but, for me, any opacity stemmed not from the film’s occasional moments of striking…