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  • The Vault

    The Vault

    ★★½

    The most astounding thing about The Vault is how I've literally never heard of it beforehand. I tend to scour the internet randomly reading about upcoming studio-backed releases, budding independent films, and even smaller critically-panned flicks, so to stumble upon it for the first time on Netflix without prior knowledge, especially considering James Franco is one of the stars, was genuinely stupefying. But I digress.

    The Vault gets points for having a blend of intriguing elements: singular location, family relations,…

  • The Boys in the Band

    The Boys in the Band

    ★★★★

    To think that a few years ago, gay actors were afraid to come out, let alone accept roles of gay characters, in fear of public backlash. And here we are today with a film that is impudently and unapologetically homosexual with all its snappy passive-aggressiveness, emotional afflictions, and drunken self-destruction, championed by openly proud gay actors and crew members. It makes my heart feel so fucking full.

    The Boys in the Band feels like an earnest microcosm of being a…

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  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★

    At the onset of Charlie Kaufman's I'm Thinking of Ending Things, one can instantly tell that something's amiss. A sense of unease and confusion looms throughout, getting louder and more intense as the narrative progresses, only relenting, albeit ever slightly, at the film's precipice, ending with a picturesque shot of the snow that's haunting, calming, and still uneasy and confusing.

    Is this what Kaufman intended? Perhaps. Perhaps not.

    Having an idea of the events that take place on Iain Reid's…

  • Antebellum

    Antebellum

    ★★

    Almost straight out of the Black Mirror playbook (emphasis on almost), Antebellum attempts to deliver a twisted tale of the plight of black people in the realm of psychological horror-thriller, reminiscent of 2017's Get Out, but shoots waaaaaaaay way off the mark. While it opens strong with a beautifully disturbing and upsetting long take, the film transitions into a confused order of stereotypical exploitative progressions devoid of suspense, purpose, and even logic.

    After watching, I asked myself: why release such…