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  • Mary
  • The Card Counter
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  • Coming Home in the Dark

    ★★★½

  • Alien: Covenant

    ★★★★½

  • Benedetta

    ★★★★

  • The Butterfly Murders

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  • After Earth

    After Earth

    ★★★★★

    I'm only writing about one day — we talked before but we talked proper on Nwoye's birthday. He added me to discuss all serious, like it was the most serious thing in the world, air conditioning and Plex and various film transfers I should avoid. When I was like Okay sure, he cut in and said Never mind, he actually just wanted to talk about After Earth, his favourite film. He said he was getting his words together for an…

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  • Coming Home in the Dark

    Coming Home in the Dark

    ★★★½

    spooky cunts from zealand

    e. can only assume viewers and critics complaining they "knew where this was going" have little interest in genre, as it is through genre that recognisable frameworks are deployed so as to experiment with form or otherwise reopen wounds in a kind of iterative anticatharsis or encounter with always already known violence. Coming Home in the Dark tells us that it will take us there (home) in its title and in its words, and going anywhere…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★★½

    Initially took this as a theatre of cruelty, where the transmission of shock and sickness from film to viewer was the whole point. Now it's clear these things were diseased all along. Many have accounted for the Lovecraftian drive of Prometheus/Covenant, where the humanist project is rebuffed, not by a universe of malice per se, but an indifference that cannot be reconciled within scientific or religious epistemologies. The films work through the promise of discovery, but what will be discovered…

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  • The Dark Knight

    The Dark Knight

    I attended this really wonderful lecture on superheroes and the War on Terror, and how a number of very important comics post-9/11 became self-critical in their examination of states of emergency and exceptional politics, and the autoimmune system that leads to the violent pursuit of 'order' becoming the greatest source of chaos. Because superheroes respond to 'emergency' situations and operate within a non-legal or extra-legal capacity to inflict sovereign violence on the enemy (the enemy itself prone to slippage e.g.…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    Shifts critical-fashionably between polarities of dumb. Hereditary has a secret desire to lose itself to black blooded horror, but it is restrained by Ari Aster's smothering auteurism. The twist is that it's the latter impulse which manifests in ham-fisted cries and hollow shocks, some so shrill that the film inches towards something like a satisfying genre piece. It's kind of hysterical: Collette's gravity defying agony can't steal focus from the smug master crafting callous scenarios in his very own miniature…