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  • Vampyr

    Vampyr

    ★★★

    I've been looking forward to Vampyr for a while, but it didn't quite land for me. It's as moody and atmospheric as I expected, but it goes in fits and starts--the interstitials detract more than they add. Just as I felt myself getting into it, a bunch of text would show up. I get they're a concession to the technology available at the time, but I genuinely think the movie would be stronger without a Star Wars opening crawl worth…

  • The Day After

    The Day After

    ★★★½

    I've been meaning to get around to this for a while, largely because of the mythology surrounding it. I'm endlessly fascinated by movies people thought were portraying real events, and while this doesn't have the chops of a Blair Witch Project or Punishment Park, it does do a lot right.

    Even knowing the response to its original airing, I wasn't ready for how bleak and hopeless--and as a result, honest--movie it is. At no point does it bother dabbling in…

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  • Long Shot

    Long Shot

    ½

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaah Republicans are the real victims waaaaaaaaaaaaaah not wanting to have Republican friends is the same as not understanding the perspective of your romantic partner waaaaaaaaaaaaaah

    Whoever wrote this has a bonkers persecution complex, I was legitimately kind of enjoying myself until it goes on a wild tangent about pulling yourself up by your boot straps and how Republicans don't feel comfortable outing themselves as Republicans. Spoiler alert: Republicans are fascists and should be TERRIFIED to out themselves.

    Gaaah it…

  • A Single Man

    A Single Man

    ★★★★

    Utterly breathtaking. From the opening shot, Tom Ford sweeps the viewer into the world that he's created - one where every details seems to matter. It makes perfect sense that Ford would care so much about aesthetic. Here, it's what makes the film feel special.

    Yes, the performances are incredible and heart wrenching. It's the type of film that will leave most people deeply moved and devastated. The plot, however, is paint by numbers. It's handled incredibly well, but it…