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  • Together Together

    Together Together

    ★★★★½

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

    One of those movies I thought was merely very pleasant but kept getting better as it went on, eventually turning into something deeply emotionally resonant. The inherent intimacy of an arrangement like this, yet without the romance, is super fascinating. I love you “in the boring way.” In general a happy movie, but the final shot is quietly devastating. Anna and Matt have been good friends and so close throughout this entire thing, but once Anna actually gives birth, everything happens off screen. The next phase of Matt’s life has begun, and her use is over. We don’t even see the baby.

  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    Those Who Wish Me Dead

    Adequately mean and nasty, but also kind of seen-it-all-before. Merely okay, but I can't be too against a studio-backed original genre film with movie stars. Feels like something Harrison Ford might have made in the 90s. Slightly concerning that every film Taylor Sheridan is involved in keeps getting slightly worse, though.

    Btw, I like Angelina Jolie, but look through her filmography; does any genuine movie star - ever - have a worse resume than her? I’m looking at her entire career and count…4 good films? And I might even be including this.

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  • Melancholia

    Melancholia

    ★★★★

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    Von Trier apparently got the idea for this film while battling depression and he definitely nails that feeling with the character of Justine. During the first half of the film, the wedding, her own wedding, the happiest day of their lives for most people, she forces out toothy grins and fakes happiness ("I smile, and I smile, and I smile") but in the end can't fake it any longer. She leaves her wedding to put her nephew to bed, to…

  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★½

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    The manifestation of sexual repression up close. Real close. This is probably my favourite Haneke film as of right now. Just a scary, brutal, unflinching look inside the mind when it's hunting for pleasure above all else.

    Piano teacher Erika, in her forties, still lives with her overbearing mother who we see tear up any of Erika's clothes that she considers too revealing or "gaudy" as she puts it. Erika is constantly focused on her teaching, pushing her students to…