Christopher Cross

Christopher Cross

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  • Violation

    Violation

    ★★★★

    Toronto International Film Festival 2020

    Few films are as raw and uncompromising as Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli’s debut feature, Violation. Tackling the topical subject of sexual violence, abuse, and trauma, their film lays its main character emotionally bare and then plays with the formula of the rape revenge-thriller in interesting ways. Not afraid to just dwell in the moment, Violation is a nuanced and deeply unsettling look at the ways in which trauma festers and the difficult, if possible,…

  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★★

    Toronto International Film Festival 2020

    The first act of The Father is about as hallucinatory as a film set in an apartment can get without utilizing psychedelic visuals and actual drug use. Led by a performance from Anthony Hopkins that has to be up there as one of his best in a long-storied career of incredible performances, Florian Zeller’s feature directorial debut is a chilling look at the slide into dementia from multiple perspectives. Haunting in its subtle depictions of…

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  • The Queen of Black Magic

    The Queen of Black Magic

    ★★★

    The living are just as guilty as the dead. They deserve to suffer.

    Special effects-laden revenge story of a woman expelled from her village and then comes back fluent in the dark arts. A lot of men getting murdered horribly, and it's great. It's also a great showcase of practical effects. Only downside is there's a good chunk of the film that loses focus on the vengeance in exchange for a look at the immorality of blanket justice. However, the movie doesn't really feel equipped to answer that. Still enjoyable, but lacks impact by the end because of this.

  • The Devil's Candy

    The Devil's Candy

    ★★★★½

    Continues to just astound me with every rewatch. Masterfully edited, brisk runtime, beautifully shot, fantastic chemistry between the characters, and some terrifying moments. As someone who struggles to enjoy movies that try hard to be "metal", The Devil's Candy is one of the few that tries to be and feels like it actually taps into the essence of metal - not just aesthetics.

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  • Hold the Dark

    Hold the Dark

    ★★★★½

    This is a black metal movie through and through. A different, more meditative beast compared to the barnburner that GREEN ROOM was.

    Seen at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.

  • Diary of a Lost Girl

    Diary of a Lost Girl

    ★★★★½

    Film School Drop Outs 2019

    Week 1 - Louise Brooks

    "With a little more love, no one on this Earth would ever be lost!"

    It's easy to get caught up in the fact that a rich, innocent woman becomes poor and realizes the world outside her comfortable bubble of wealth isn't very nice. It's a riches-to-rags-to-riches story, but that's just the simplified version of this journey through Hell and back. It's really a critique of the upper class, men, and…