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  • Greener Grass

    ★★★

  • Black Bear

    ★★★★

  • The Void

    ★★★★

  • Sinister

    ★★½

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  • The Void

    The Void

    ★★★★

    Who says Lovecraft is hard to adapt to film?!

    I love it when low-budget films spend their money in the right places. I could see the "seams" where budget was tight (some of the shakycam chase footage felt cheap, the script is fine but not outstanding, and the CGI in the final moment was pretty noticeable), but the movie really shines because of the excellent practical effects, believable acting (including the great Kenneth Welsh, who played Windom Earle in Twin…

  • The Love Witch

    The Love Witch

    ★★★★

    Griff: Ms. Parks, are you a witch?
    Elaine: Yes I am. Is there a law against that?
    Griff: I guess not. Not unless you do something wrong.

    Thank Goddess for people still filming on 35mm, this movie is absolutely gorgeous! Besides the use of a cell phone and some modern cars in the background, you could reasonably believe that this takes place in the 60s/70s.

    I'm very impressed by how completely this nails the very specific style it pays homage…

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  • Greener Grass

    Greener Grass

    ★★★

    Greener Grass cold also be named Wet Hot American Suburb

    What a strange, surreal descent into a candy-colored suburban hellscape. It is always fascinating to watch films in which the creators have such a specific vision and total creative control; you can tell it is a labor of love to create a film where all of the tiny details come together with a perfect consistency. Unfortunately, this is not quite my vibe or sense of humor.

    There's an overarching theme around…

  • Black Bear

    Black Bear

    ★★★★

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

    This gives me Mulholland Drive vibes (which both include an extremely awkward dinner scene), minus the clues to put it all together. As a related aside, I could totally see Naomi Watts as either Allison or Blair (no disrespect to either Aubrey Plaza or Sarah Gadon, they are both excellent). 

    What is this story really about? My take is we're seeing two fictional stories through the eyes of a director (Aubrey as a stand-in for Levine) iterating on early drafts…

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  • Malignant

    Malignant

    If Patrick Wilson doesn't show up in this I'll lose my shit

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★½

    More James Wan goofiness than modern giallo, this is an insane and insanely cheesy thriller. It lacks the scares so expertly executed in The Conjuring and Insidious, instead making a film that pushes a bizarre concept to the max. Dead Silence is probably the most similar movie to this that he's made, though his flamboyant camerawork and CGI-driven action sequences seem more like what we saw in Aquaman.

    The first act is bizarre - after the cold open ripped from…