Ryan, Mistress of the Dark

Ryan, Mistress of the Dark

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Twenty-four. Mamma Mia! enthusiast. Trying to write more.

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    ★★★★★

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  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★★

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

    A melancholy and overpowering Gothic fairytale so moving that it’s difficult to articulate. In giving Diana the happy ending she desperately deserved, Larraín makes his enormous empathy even more obvious. Every single element of this film: each performance, any track of the anxiety-inducing score, all of the gorgeous recreated costumes, the hazy cinematography, the seamless direction, and the sense of unease and tension cohere magically and with such cinematic force that it continues to blow me away and move me to tears. Not only my favorite of the year but one of my favorite films in years.

  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★★★★

    Unbearable grief and heaving sobs are rewritten into stoic grace and storied legacy. A portrait of collapse, elegance, and tragedy haunted by the horror of being discarded and forgotten. What does it mean to lose someone? What does it mean to lose yourself? What if you never really existed in the first place?

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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★★★★

    "Are you food, or are you sex?" 

    This pertinent question is posed about ten minutes into The Neon Demon, and it lingers over the film like a dreadful miasma. In NWR's glimmering and alternatively repulsive LA, everyone wants to fuck you, be you, or eat you.

    The line between obsession, desire, love, and hatred becomes so blurred that it practically doesn't exist. Terror and exploitation are just around the corner, lurking in every shadow, poisoning every space until you've nowhere…

  • There's Someone Inside Your House

    There's Someone Inside Your House

    Zoomer Cherry Falls. An I Know What You Did Last Summer sequel from a parallel universe. Corny, cheesy, cute! 

    For all the obsessive criticism over modern film and those which are categorized with alarming speed as ‘slyly subversive’, There’s Someone Inside Your House flaunts a fascinating and intentionally guarded Final Girl that feels like a vast improvement over and the typically mousy Julie James mold, meaning she gets to Break A Few Slasher Rules. (There’s also much more subverted than…