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  • Whisper of the Heart
  • How Green Was My Valley
  • The Trial
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  • The Black Phone

    ★★★

  • Sinister

    ★★★★

  • mother!

    ★★

  • A Passage to India

    ★★★★

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  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★★★

    It’s been happening for a while now. The Marvel-ization of the horror genre. 

    When I say that, I’m not referring to superpowers (though aspects of this come dangerously close to making it a superhero film). Rather, it’s the overtly calculated period setting (the 70’s were just the best, right?), the aggressively precocious children who swear (like haha funny!), and the faux-inspirational beats (cue Dora’s We Did It!). It’s designed to get maximum audience approval, but sacrifices things like fleshed-out characters…

  • Sinister

    Sinister

    ★★★★

    Poor taste often describes true crime fiction, our most accepted form of exploitation. The authors of these works can and do prey upon our buried desire for the macabre. When we should turn our eyes away, we look upon the horrors man inflicts on others. We say it is for education, but is it not to tickle a nerve we have, a nerve that makes us capable of these same atrocities? Do those who exploit our desire for violence fuel…

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  • Peter Pan

    Peter Pan

    ★★★★½

    In defense of this film: 

    This movie flopped when it came out, despite positive reviews and a Christmas release (the rather awful trailer could not have helped). Largely overlooked in 2003, the small cult appreciation for it is well deserved. Not only is it the most faithful adaptation of JM Barrie’s novel, but no other adaptation has so openly and artistically showcased the dark psychology that people forget was so prominent in the book.

    Peter Pan is secretly a tragedy.…

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★

    I went into this with high hopes, and left feeling hopeless. Such is the working of secular artists today, who see no beauty in the great works of Western literature, but seek to undermine the virtuous ideals of Christianity that have shaped civilization because of their own hopelessness. “If I can’t have Hope in life that there’s something greater than what’s in front of me, I’ll rob others of that Hope too.”

    I like David Lowery. He’s an exceptional stylist…