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  • Keoma

    Keoma

    ★★★★★

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

    "...yet there is no avoiding time, the sea of time, the sea of memory and forgetfulness, the years of promise, gone and unrecoverable, of the land almost allowed to claim its better destiny, only to have the claim jumped by evildoers known all too well, and taken instead and held hostage to the future we must live in now forever. May we trust that this blessed ship is bound for some better shore, some undrowned Lemuria, risen and redeemed, where…

  • Death Walks on High Heels

    Death Walks on High Heels

    ★★★★

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

    Spoilers for all sorts of gialli throughout. If I mention a film by name, I'm probably about to spoil something about it. Consider yourselves warned.

    The history of the giallo parallels the history of Italian masculinity. The genre rose to popularity at the same time as the ideological landscape of what it meant to be a man in Italy was fundamentally changing, and the films made during that period of history reflected the cultural anxieties produced by that tectonic shift.…

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  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

    ★★★

    Post-WandaVision Marvel Rewatch

    Every orphan's worst nightmare: that you finally find your father, and that he's an asshole.

    This is Yondu's movie through and through. I had forgotten what a relative non-entity he was in the first Guardians compared to this. He just gets so many great scenes, from sadly zipping up his pants as his robotic sexual partner switches herself off, to being confronted with his past transgressions and being ostracized all over again by Sly and the Ravagers,…

  • War Dogs

    War Dogs

    ★★

    "AEY doesn’t stand for anything," Jonah Hill tells a new crop of prospective employees, and he means it literally — the three letters of the "acronym" don't represent the first letter of three words, they're just letters that Hill threw together to "sound professional" — but it's also true figuratively. AEY doesn't stand for anything morally, they don't have any principles or scruples in their business practices, they sell weapons and ammunition to the U.S. military without any concern for…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    "Hey pretty girl, time to wake up."

    There was a time not too long ago when if you asked me what my favorite movie was I might have told you Mulholland Drive. There's a lot going on in the film and I certainly won't claim to understand all of it (something I might have done when it was my "favorite movie"), but I do have a reading of it that seems to answer a lot of the questions it poses,…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Ever since I joined Letterboxd, nothing has scared me more than the idea of trying to write about 2001: A Space Odyssey. The fact that everything has "already been said" about this masterpiece has itself already been said so many times that there's not even an original means of expressing my lack of originality left at my disposal. So with the knowledge that I will probably never be able to fully encapsulate what makes this my favorite movie of all…