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  • Sleep Has Her House
  • Malignant
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • The Doom Generation

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  • Addition and Subtraction

    ★★½

  • Grandma's Reading Glass

    ★★½

  • Dutch Fishing Boats

    ★½

  • Blood Sky

    ★★★

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  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★

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

    James Bond is dead, and I can't think of a better way to send this particular incarnation off than by giving him a family and ripping them away from him at the very last, shockingly cruel twist of fate. It's so fitting that a 007 film denies to fall into the melodramatic tearjerker scenes after a major character's death; even with its adaptability to modern cinematic trends, there's an incorrigible stubbornness to these old movies. That's why I love them.…

  • Pulse

    Pulse

    ★★★★★

    Odd, isn't it, that your denial of the existence of ghosts is the very reason they exist? That the fear of admitting life after death exists is intrinsically linked with the loneliness and isolation of the departed? That the lack of contact in the real world and in cyberspace, both worlds perceived as havens of interaction and communication, may not end in death? Maybe ghosts are real, maybe they're just as lonely as they were alive — whisper for help,…

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  • Addition and Subtraction

    Addition and Subtraction

    ★★½

    You just know someone out there's gonan watch this and go, "you can't make something like this in today's political climate!"

    A magician smooshes and splices three women together, making them appear from thin air before performing all kinds of logic-defying magic. Pretty fun, though jokes about people's size are so 1900.

  • Grandma's Reading Glass

    Grandma's Reading Glass

    ★★½

    Oh, the wonders a short film that brought technical advancement to the table contain. That’s right, even with barely anything of note to say about Grandma’s Reading Glass, I’m still giving it such a score for the thrill the filmmaker must have felt making this. Like in the best of films, there’s a palpable excitement in these mundane pictures, with each director breaking new ground in front of the camera.

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  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★★½

    Watching Malignant goes something like this: solid first hour that builds mystery and offers pretty good scares, gorgeous colors and visual moments (James Wan's dynamic style of shooting, as if he wants the audience to appreciate the grand sets, is much enjoyable to watch), a middle portion that stacks revelations on top of revelations, the big twist that turns sh*t up to 11, then a final twenty minutes that's basically (as far as I can tell) a greatest-hits montage of…

  • Blood Sky

    Blood Sky

    ★★★

    That moment when the shaking camera, the blood-red filter and the burning sky all align in one single perfect moment… and the sounds of children either laughing in the playground or screaming in agony reach their crescendo… is when you reach enlightenment.

    I am so often amazed by the style of short experimental films, their imagination and boundlessness. If I were to point to a film that portrays most successfully what I’d consider hell on Earth, I’d turn your heads towards Blood Sky.