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  • The Reflecting Skin

    The Reflecting Skin

    ★★

    Way too objet d'art for my tastes. Some scenes work individually but not as a whole. The brilliant cinematography, is easy to admire from afar. The main issue is that there really just isn’t any entry point in actually engaging with it. Like, sure, the overbearing score and melodramatic acting blowout whatever kind of tone this thing is going for. It ultimately falls in service to something reaching for profundity but never realizing why. The engine or heart is missing.

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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    Okay A24--we're done. No more of these half-realized genre pics, technical exercise, calling cards. May Under The Skin remain the only great film you've released(okay and Spring Breakers).

    So what's wrong with Hereditary? It's cynical but not so obviously at first. The first half begins with quite an unexpected plot point and builds upon it with an eerie, grief felt, and almost at the edge of tears/laughter kind of atmosphere. It is refreshing that the film doesn't cheaply go for…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★½

    What’s the point of ripping off great trash and presenting it as something semi-serious? You don’t honestly think you can febreeze the stink out of the air when all you are doing is blowing hot air out of your ass? So you’ve seen The Wickerman and you love cults but do nothing interesting, new, or subversive with the tropes and cliches. You trot them out and dress them up, hoping some perfect shot idiot is ready with their camera to screenshot…