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  • The Rage: Carrie 2

    The Rage: Carrie 2

    ★★★½

    Okay, I completely get that there is a lot to criticize about this film. The pacing, production, and acting are all wholly uneven at best and weak in most places. The plot line is cliched, the middle sags, and while there's some joy to be found in the '90s cultural iconography, there's not enough to really bask in it. The persistent attempt to create a narrative and chronological arc to the original film is laughable and ridiculous, again not giving…

  • Any Crybabies Around?

    Any Crybabies Around?

    This film really magnifies a specific tradition to speak to a greater truth - what the tradition is is both irrelevant and vital to this story at the same time. However, just to lay it bare - it's the Namahage tradition of the Oga peninsula in the extreme north of Honshu - for a Westerner, I think the less you know about this tradition, the more impactful this movie will end up being. It's irrelevant because there's a larger message…

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  • The Untamed

    The Untamed

    ★★★½

    A pointedly Mexican film with a jarringly un-Mexican narrative style. I actually thought this film was directed and produced by a foreign director observing Mexico with insightful yet distanced eyes. However, the juxtaposition parallels really well with the gritty realism type cinematography heavily juxtaposed with the fantastical, borderline metaphorical alien story. While I appreciate the director's humble and wholly acknowledged nod/homage to Zuwalski here, I think in this particular story, having the alien remain sight unseen, or at least, not…

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★★

    Definitely could have doubled the fighting and halved the attempt at a plot. Fight scenes were fun and appropriately bloody. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie in theaters if you're gonna watch it. Wear a mask or something. Preferably a Subzero style mask. Safety and cosplay all in one.

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  • Black Bear

    Black Bear

    ★★★

    I personally have always had a complicated relationship with Aubrey Plaza as a media personality. On one side our stories are oddly similar. We’re about the same age, we both have a Puerto Rican father and a non-hispanic white American mother. We both grew up in smaller cities in the mid-Atlantic in mostly white, anglo areas: Her in Wilmington, and me in the Twin Tiers of New York. Early on, I identified with the cynicism of her humor, even though…

  • Spiral

    Spiral

    ★★½

    Real life gay couple would never allow that terrible 80s wood paneling like ever. What. Why was that ever a thing.

    Apparently, no one can figure out how to represent intersectionality in horror yet.