Review of “The Father (2020)”

In my return to the theater for the first time since March of 2020, I decided to see what I figured would at least be an interesting experience: The Father, starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman. I was not let down, and this might be a contender for one of my favorite 2021 films so far.

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Review of “Test Pattern (2019)”

When looking for a new film to watch this week, I saw this listed in the SNF Parkway’s virtual theater and its synopsis sounded as though it would be pertinent to 2021. Having never heard of this film or its director beforehand, I wondered what kind of experience I would be in for, and I was not let down in the slightest. What follows is a deeply personal story of sexual assault and the nature of fractures that occur in life after- not any form of easy viewing.

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Review of “Nomadland”

Nomadland has seen a lot of traction online, perhaps a result of the impact of the pandemic and its effect on the modern theater. With its release on Hulu, I decided to try out the third feature from Chloé Zhao, to see just what the fuss surrounding this film was about. It turns out that it’s not about anything I agree with.

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Review of “Pieces of a Woman” (2020)

So, I meant to watch this earlier this month when it finally arrived to Netflix, but I was on an extended break from reviewing films after my latest marathon. And then, for a week, buzzers in my building kept me from wanting to watch anything because I could hear them in my apartment. With those issues fixed, I sat down to watch a film I’ve seen receive high praise all over my timeline- and while it certainly deserves some accolades, I’m not convinced it lives up to the numerous 10 out of 10 scores some have given it.

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Halloween in December: “The House That Jack Built”

It’s the final day of my Halloween in December movie marathon and, in the theme of self-indulgence I decided to watch The House That Jack Built. From the controversial director Lars von Trier, this film follows the perspective of the serial killer Jack (played by Matt Dillon) as he explores the reasons behind his own cravings to kill. What the audience gets is a two and a half hour long journey into the ego of Lars von Trier- for better and for worse.

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Halloween in December: “Funny Games U.S.”

This movie marathon is sadly almost over, so to close out the month, I’m going with less risky ventures and staying with what is more in my wheelhouse. Funny Games U.S. certainly fits into that category, coming from one of my more favorite directors in Michael Haneke and being a shot-for-shot American remake of the original Austrian production. Despite sharing the same rating from me, its advancements keep up with its new flaws, in ways that make me rethink the understanding of the original.

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Halloween in December: “The Lure (2015)”

It is officially day 23 of the Halloween in December movie marathon and I swear I did not intentionally do this, as I already reviewed Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, but I had ordered this film from the Criterion Collection completely not knowing that it was a horror musical. In fact, all I had known was that it was a Polish drama/horror about a pair of mermaids. I was genuinely not prepared for what this is, and what it turns into over the course of 92 minutes.

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Halloween in December: “Crimson Peak”

For day 20 of the Halloween in December movie marathon, I thought I would return to the world of del Toro for a film that, I feel, got a bit of a bad rap when it first released. Wanting to revisit it, I watched it again and there’s plenty more than a number of original impressions never gave me, leading me to think this film’s shortcomings are the result of too much focus on the wrong pieces of its marketing and development.

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Halloween in December: “May”

For day 18 of the Halloween in December marathon, I wanted to revisit a film I haven’t watched in quite awhile: May. This 2002 horror/drama/comedy finds itself in a bit of an odd niche that certainly has the core of a movie that could easily have just fallen into terrible horror tropes, but instead plays with it a bit to twist the atmosphere. It’s certainly deserving of a look.

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