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  • The Third Man
  • Ikiru
  • Charade
  • The Rapture

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  • The Card Counter

    ★★★★

  • Annette

    ★★★

  • Malignant

    ★★★

  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    ★★★

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  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    ★★★★

    The best Paul Schrader movie about a disillusioned veteran who journals at night while drinking brown liquor from a tumbler since the last one! As much as I admire Ethan Hawke’s work in First Reformed, it cribs too much from Winter Light for me to really love it. Also, it makes me want to crawl into a hole forever which might be a check for the “plus” column but yeah. This isn’t breaking any new grounds as a gambling movie, even…

  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★

    Never listened to Sparks but I’m gonna have to assume the experience isn’t too dissimilar to this. A few moments I can point to as memorable for their sheer weirdness, but I think a 140-minute mindfuck musical should be a bit more of a trip than this? I don’t know if what Carax intended was merely to fray the edges of melodrama, but it rarely feels truly surprising. Though there are small moments like Simon Helberg’s delivery of “I’ll look after…

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  • The Invisible Man

    The Invisible Man

    ★★★★

    Leigh Whannell does this interpretation total justice, and it’s because he’s not making it an allegory that it works so well. This is abuse, and this is what it looks like, give or take some high-concept horror/sci-fi elements. By the same measure, it’s not torture porn, emotional or of his patented Saw variety. Elisabeth Moss’ peril isn’t at the expense of her dignity, and we’re able to buy that she can find her way through this, while still not assuming anything is certain. At least one revelation exposes some logic gaps but not so much that it goes completely astray.


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  • Zola

    Zola

    ★½

    Went in hoping for something ambitious, juggling insights on social media, sex work, and appropriation into its ripped-from-the-timelines pulpiness. Was left with close to nothing, a glorified re-enactment with no persona beyond some wholly unnecessary voiceovers and the occasional montage or artsy composition to break up the forced grittiness of it all. It never lets us sit with the discomfort or let the people in it have any sort of characterization. Never read the original thread or anything about it but it has to be more interesting than this.