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  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

    The Devil is in the details.

    This film opens with a very obvious nod to The Excorcist (the first of many references, to many MANY things, that are muuuuch better than this movie), which immediately sets the tone and exposes a foundational problem: this film is made with the sensibilities of comic book franchise movie, more interested in set pieces than....anything else. Opening a film with an explosive and loud exorcism, featuring a CGI contorted child, and flying furniture is…

  • Undine

    Undine

    ★★★★

    If you leave me, I have to kill you....

    In the final minutes of Transit (2019) Christian Petzold presents the events with such fluidity, that it becomes surreal and hypnotic; this fluidity would go on to be the rule (and not the exception reserved for the final moments) in his latest film Undine, and given the origins of the titular character, it's a beautiful aesthetic/thematic choice.

    While I am no expert in the mythology, upon which this film is based,…

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  • Malcolm & Marie

    Malcolm & Marie

    Malcolm & Marie is one of the most insultingly vapid, and reprehensible films I've seen in years. Within six minutes of sitting down and watching it (I went in expecting to at least like it) I was physically repulsed: audibly groaning, and shifting in my seat after each line of infantile and moronic dialogue spilled from the mouths of the incredibly unlikable characters on screen. The script is rotten to its core; written with the emotional immaturity of an early twenties…

  • Oxygen

    Oxygen

    ★★★

    High concept simplicity is a winning formula.

    OXYGEN is derivative of many things (to name them would be a massive spoiler), so there is a ceiling on its goodness (for me at least), but between its floor and its ceiling, there are plenty of things to enjoy about it. First of all Mélanie Laurent's performance: she is EXCELLENT in every single frame of this film; displaying a full range of emotions from all out panic-filled desperation, to soft joy and…