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  • Slumber Party Massacre III

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  • Grave of the Fireflies

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  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

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    What is reality?!!!

    In whodunits, half of the detective's prowess stems from their ability to eavesdrop. Unassuming in demeanor, attire, and often social skills, the suspects orbiting these characters are convinced to let their guard down in one way or another, revealing their culpability or innocence. As the viewer, our perspective regularly aligns with the detective, with the camera dolling out clues through the tidbits the detective overhears or is accidentally made privy to. The mystery then lives between the…

  • Columbus

    Columbus

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    See, it's asymmetrical but it's also still balanced.

    Casey grew up in Columbus, Indiana, desperately cares for her mother, and, because of that, fears leaving behind everything she knows and cares for. Jin lives in Seoul, struggles to find concern for his ailing father, and eagerly anticipates the day he can return home. Youthfully unguarded, yet matured from experience, Casey is mesmerizing to be around, while Jin's stoicism and bluntness suggest an "old man" set in his ways, but all…

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  • Sick

    Sick

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    Cineanalyst provides a better explication of how I responded to Sick than I will be able to do here, so go read that first.

    Take responsibility for your selfishness. This didn't have to happen. I mean, where was your fucking mask?

    Essentially, Kevin "Scream" Williamson and Katelyn Crabb have engineered a three way equivalency through the construction of this low-budget, streaming horror gem. Stalking killers slipping through ajar doorways allegorize how the novel coronavirus can invade our bodies when our…

  • Bright Road

    Bright Road

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    Adapts a journalistic examination of segregated schools in the South written by Mary Elizabeth Vroman into a patently saccharine Classic Hollywood fable of love triumphing over adversity. Dandridge and Belafonte's educators receive nearly no complexity, but both are charming and committed enough individually to make the performances feel authentic (though, the scene where Dandridge mixes weariness with lust as she watches Belafonte sing and strum his guitar has some heat that's uncharacteristic for the rest of the film). While the…

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  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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    As much as the third Indiana Jones film is about obsessive tendencies (concisely indicated by the hard cut between young and old Indy, both fighting for the Cross of Coronado), it is also about transference of knowledge. That is to say, where the Nazis burn books, Henry Jones shares them with his son. Indy is a testament to the teachings of his father, following in his academic footsteps and displaying a number of the same personality traits; he's been shaped…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

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    A personal aside before the review: The Alamo Drafthouse in Kansas City continues its run as the most impressive theater in the area by providing a free, early screening of Fury Road, entirely making my week!

    (EDIT 08/14/2020 - After reading accounts from KC Alamo employees - some of whom worked there during the time of this Fury Road screening - in The Pitch, I feel awful about promoting and supporting this particular location for so long now knowing that…