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  • Helter Skelter

    Helter Skelter

    ★★★½

    I have to admit that, with a name like Helter Skelter, I was expecting a little more chaos. Nonetheless, this film, much like the protagonist, is a little horny, extremely stylish and a little hollow. Luckily, beautiful bitches being messy is endlessly compelling to me, and I apparently have some concerning feelings about lesbian bullying, so I enjoyed this quite a bit.

    Its central theme is that fame and beauty are ephemerous by nature and that neither pursuit can lead…

  • The Cranes Are Flying

    The Cranes Are Flying

    ★★★½

    This film is undoubtedly a technical marvel of Soviet cinema. While it focuses on an adorable romance that is interrupted by WWII, it does a good job of showcasing the effects of war on everyday people. It is also an absolute feast for the eyes. Not only is the main actress heart-achingly beautiful, but the film features so many exquisitely shot scenes that it's hard to pick a favourite (the air raid scene and the train scene are definitely up…

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  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★

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

    The audacity! A police procedural where none of the leads pan out and nothing is resolved in the end.

    I'm not sure what's more concerning. The fact that so many South Korean movies depict their police force as stupid brutes that are wildly out of their depth or the fact so few Western movies do the same.

    The movie features the typical South Korean blend of levity amid tension and horror, but it does so much more seamlessly than many…

  • Homewrecker

    Homewrecker

    ★★★★

    I saw this at Fantasia Fest. I was sitting right behind a dirty boy with musty white-boy dreads whose aroma kept wafting in my direction. Even that was not enough to dampen my enthusiasm for this darkly funny, perversely feminine, Live, Laugh, Stalk narrative.

    The story pits the mousy, non-confrontational Michelle (Alex Essoe) with the boundary-bulldozing, basic bitch Linda (Precious Chong) to create some of the most viscerally awkward interactions committed to film. Precious Chong and her intense, unblinking stare…