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  • Sleep Has Her House
  • Malignant
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • The Doom Generation

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  • License to Drive

    ★★

  • Tchin-Chao, the Chinese Conjurer

    ★★★

  • An Extraordinary Dislocation

    ★★½

  • Alien³

    ★★★½

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  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    James Bond is dead, and I can't think of a better way to send this particular incarnation off than by giving him a family and ripping them away from him at the very last, shockingly cruel twist of fate. It's so fitting that a 007 film denies to fall into the melodramatic tearjerker scenes after a major character's death; even with its adaptability to modern cinematic trends, there's an incorrigible stubbornness to these old movies. That's why I love them.…

  • Pulse

    Pulse

    ★★★★★

    Odd, isn't it, that your denial of the existence of ghosts is the very reason they exist? That the fear of admitting life after death exists is intrinsically linked with the loneliness and isolation of the departed? That the lack of contact in the real world and in cyberspace, both worlds perceived as havens of interaction and communication, may not end in death? Maybe ghosts are real, maybe they're just as lonely as they were alive — whisper for help,…

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  • License to Drive

    License to Drive

    ★★

    So one day (after probably finishing Boogie Nights, if my memory serves correctly), I get the feeling that I want to watch more of Heather Graham’s filmography. Out of the various forgotten films and oddities you can find on YouTube, I spot this little movie. Well, who would’ve known, it’s the Two Coreys — a duo of 80s Hollywood goofball white kids, whom I enjoyed tremendously in The Lost Boys. I put it on my watchlist, confident a future me…

  • Tchin-Chao, the Chinese Conjurer

    Tchin-Chao, the Chinese Conjurer

    ★★★

    A Chinese emperor shows us his magic tricks. Expect awe, wonder, and a concentrated dosage of Orientalism.

    These undeniably racist works from times past that deal with Asian cultures interest me. There’s a sense of hapless enthusiasm about the whole thing, with every player under the notion that China and its surrounding countries are things to be ogled at and appropriated. Morbid, but true, and it’s a part of history that both frustrates and fascinates me. Well — at least…

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  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★★½

    Watching Malignant goes something like this: solid first hour that builds mystery and offers pretty good scares, gorgeous colors and visual moments (James Wan's dynamic style of shooting, as if he wants the audience to appreciate the grand sets, is much enjoyable to watch), a middle portion that stacks revelations on top of revelations, the big twist that turns sh*t up to 11, then a final twenty minutes that's basically (as far as I can tell) a greatest-hits montage of…

  • Alien³

    Alien³

    ★★★½

    With the context of the series, Alien 3 strikes an immediate presence as a far more nihilistic and downer movie than Aliens. No guns, no sliver of hope, and everyone accepts that they’re all gonna die in the end. The return to individuals fighting a single xenomorph is a welcome one, and one that lends to something completely different. Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley is put through her most agonizing narrative yet, having to defeat the evil from both outside and within. …