Favorite films

  • The Graduate
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  • The Fountain
  • Back to the Future

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  • Sugar Hill

    ★★★

  • Ginger Snaps

    ★★★

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    ★★★★½

  • Avatar

    ★★

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  • Sugar Hill

    Sugar Hill

    ★★★

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

    A woman uses voodoo to recruit a zombie horde to exact revenge on the gangsters that killed her man. That’s it. That’s the movie, and it works! It’s not particularly deep, and I’m not thrilled about the ending where Baron Samedi is rewarded by getting to rape the gangster’s moll in hell for eternity, but everything before that is pretty entertaining for what it is.

  • Ginger Snaps

    Ginger Snaps

    ★★★

    A little slow at the beginning and a little rough at the end, but in the middle it goes some interesting places. If the werewolf mythos is about primal nature, what does that mean for women, especially young women, who are prescribed only certain kinds of roles and repeatedly boxed in by society? I don’t know how well it capitalizes on that, but you still have the relatable central dynamic between Brigitte and Ginger and how teenage friendships can be so volatile when people change so much in those years.

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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★½

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

    Between this and Hereditary, I’m confident saying I’m not an Ari Aster fan. On a technical level, his skill is undeniable, but it lacks artistry. Everything he does is painfully self-aware and there’s no empathy for his characters. The deaths of family members are exploited and crassly used for shock value with minimal reckoning. He’s made two movies that are ostensibly about unimaginable grief, and yet they both get bogged down in mythological bullshit. By the end, you’re no longer focused on the protagonist because of some threatening cultish other. Spare me.

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★½

    The meta first act is my favorite part of the movie, but the whole vibe is sort of Lana Wachowski acknowledging studio pressure for the film to exist and then clapping back with a big, unabashed love story. Not everything works (the action doesn’t come close to the original trilogy, the Smith and Morpheus characters are undercooked), but it has a true north in the Neo/Trinity relationship and that keeps the whole movie together.