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  • Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

    Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

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    A dot matrix printer shrieks like a digital siren call from a 21st century techno-crypt. Alice stumbles through this blasted land until she's swept up in the action, which suddenly becomes unceasingly frantic, the cuts slamming and rapid fire, the image a mainline of searing, rupturing CGI FX, blood splatter, fire, wreckage. While it cannot muster the grandiose elegance of a thing like Mad Max: Fury Road, it channels its scrappier energy to the utmost effect. It explodes with incredible vengeance. The most utterly scorched assault on late capitalism of all these weird abominations, it's... awesome.

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

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    I remember when the sequel to Prometheus was going to be named Paradise, Shaw's voiceover fresh in my mind: "...I am still searching." It was one of those sort of lines Damon Lindelof seems to really like writing. "Big things have small beginnings," etc. Nice and tidy, with implications of scope, even optimism, something one might expect more from Star Trek. Still, I found the idea of leaving this outpost where "only death" remained to seek out the Engineer homeworld…

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  • She Dies Tomorrow

    She Dies Tomorrow

    adam wingard going, "ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm"

    not a film i want to put a number on, but i found it quite resonant and occasionally very funny. perhaps the most 2020 film i've seen (you know, not that i've seen very many) in these high pressure depression chambers of 2020 itself.

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

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    feels like a sequel to my personal favorite idea that john wick 2 was a matrix simulation, but it's gone down the rabbit hole entirely. so i dunno. it's a fun watch. i was distracted and talking through a lot of it. i mean, i honestly didn't feel like it warranted 100% of my attention anyhow. and i had been drinking a fair mount after meal prep and cooking all day. it was my sister's birthday. hi everybody i love you

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  • Elle

    Elle

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    Demonlover 2, indeed. There was certainly a sense that Assayas owed to Verhoeven in terms of aesthetics and provocation β€” hentai and CGI porn essentially mimicking RoboCop's cuts to absurd commercials, or its frankness toward sexual taboo, among other things. This returns here via video game cutscenes, perhaps as a discreet reminder of the director we're dealing with β€” one who has been largely absent for more than 15 years, save for 2006's Black Book β€” cutting into a film…

  • Lake Mungo

    Lake Mungo

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    "I feel like something bad is gonna happen to me. It hasn't reached me yet but it's on its way."

    I kinda want to give myself a little slap on the wrist for this, but: if Twin Peaks were documentary-style found footage horror, it might be a bit like this. Its eye is maybe a bit less subtle than Lynch's, relying really heavily on slow zooms up to a grainy image where something tucked into a dark corner becomes clearer…