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  • House of Gucci

    ★★½

  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

  • Meet Me in St. Louis

    ★★★★½

  • The Red Queen Kills Seven Times

    ★★★★

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  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    The Talented Mr. Ripley

    ★★★★½

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

    The Talented Mr. Ripley is a film of two halves. The first half consists of Tom lying his way into Dickie's life and falling more and more in love with the man, the way he lives and the freedom his wealth allows.

    The second half begins after Dickie is killed by Tom. And our hero assumes the dead man's identity and finds ways to escape capture each and every time by manipulating, by fabricating lies on the fly. By almost…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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

    I wish I could say I'm just disappointed with Rise of Skywalker... but that would be an understatement. Sigh...

    This certainly feels like the end of something but not the Skywalker Saga™. It signifies the end of creativity of Star Wars, or at least that's what it feels like. This is the death of everything good about the sequel trilogy and the advancement of brand and empty nostalgia full stop. Above everything else.

    I've been so infuriated by this film,…

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  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★½

    House of Gucci is a movie for rich apologists and lovers of old Hollywood. As a vehicle for Lady Gaga, it's unmissable, she's a true star that calls back the Golden Era. That's rare these days. Maurizio calls Patrizia Elizabeth Taylor a few times, and that's the star Gaga reminded me most of! Both women have a celebrity power sometimes greater than the movies they were in. House of Gucci is a good example of that. Gaga gives a great…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

    So many thoughts.

    The internalized worlds of these characters always felt just out of frame. Our assumptions about them forced forward by the relationships and power dynamics in every scene. Men as abusers, as heroic figures. Men as muses and legends of masculinity. The androphilia. The shrine to a dead cowboy. The perceived fragility of femininity. The homophobia and misogyny. The secret creek of vulnerability (where we see the most beautiful masturbation scene of all time). One has to hide…

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    I wanted to compile a list of articles, videos and editorials that helped me dig deeper into Call Me By Your Name.

    How a Little Film Touched So Many Lives. Arranged/edited/curated by Barb Mirell. A book filled with stories from people who watched the movie and were deeply effected by its power. A large variety of demographics around the world are represented. A global fanbase. Profits from the book go to The Trevor Project which provides crisis and suicide prevention…

  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★½

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

    This isn't just one of the worst movies of the year.

    It might be one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

    It pissed me off in a way that movies so rarely do. I had so many objections with the structure, the stylistic choices, the writing and the representation of this movie that it exhausted me.

    Any attempts to further unpack all my problems with It have made me want to just shut down.

    I wasn't sure if…