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|70 72%||Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) - Sep 20, 2020
"Criminally underrated. It mirrors the first film -- priest investigates Merrin's exorcism of Regan, discovers Pazuzu aims "modern day saints", like an African young healer -- only to create, in studio, giant locust's POV shots, hypnosis sessions, confrontations between science, psychology, religion and technology, flawed but useful notions of mental health and good and evil, psychic interactions going everywhere and everytime, Morricone's score, Regan against DC's buildings. Eerie and unique."
|50 34%||Peninsula (2020) - Sep 20, 2020
"Zombie Drift! Not an actual sequel, but an urban Mad Max-esque post-apocalypse where Korea is mostly isolated from the world, with people living there among zombies and trying to scavenge stuff -- paramilitaries and civillians. Pretty by the numbers stuff, except for the arena scenes (I liked them very much), mixing John Wick heavy fire with Fast and Furious otherwordly driving -- of course, that all filled with well-known Korean melodrama and some welcoming weirdness."
|55 44%||Gleason (2016) - Sep 19, 2020
"Truly heartbreaking and honest portrait of such an evil disease -- I just think it should've been a bit shorter to have a more precise, emotionally straightforward and less repetitive impact."
|60 50%||Possession (1981) - Sep 18, 2020
"Not a big fan of Zulawski hysterical approach to storytelling -- as I'm not a big fan of Von Trier and Aronofsky, btw -- but this is of course evidently well-acted, gripping and filled with an undeniably gifted camerawork -- actually the subway scenes that made the film famous are not even the best here; I would say the Christ one and the world-ending finale back at the apartment with the boy's teacher. Decaying 80s Berlin as hellish marriage story."
|65 62%||The Babysitter (2017) - Sep 16, 2020|
|55 44%||The Babysitter: Killer Queen (2020) - Sep 16, 2020
"The first 30 minutes or so are simply awesome: typical McG pop frenziness filled with tons of self-conscious, hyperlink jokes about trauma, college life and coming of age angst -- sexuality, overprotective parents, the feeling that no one sees or hears you. The problem is, once the new cult starts, it gets less interesting as it goes by -- despite the always juicy, comic gore material. "
|30 6%||I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020) - Sep 15, 2020
"It's amazing how Kaufman keeps getting worse as a director. This feels like a post-horror version of his rambling, self-loathing about aging."
|50 34%||The Old Guard (2020) - Sep 13, 2020
"Amazingly devoted to representation and social responsibility that comes with heroism and immortality, but unfortunately not so much with myth-making storytelling or personality. Action is ok, it hits all the spots you would expect from a high-budgeted tentpole -- or a "sophisticated" TV episode, like MCU stuff -- but misses the mark at failing to be at least a bit edgy about the very things are at the core of this -- humanity's history as a catalogue of progress through violence."
|40 14%||Mad Monk (1993) - Sep 11, 2020
"So damn cheesy it feels almost enjoyable -- with you are in the appropriate vibe --, specially those crazy set-pieces with the giant demon. It's just too bad it runs so clumsy and bloated -- sometimes even offensive, like that rape scene "supposed" to look funny."
|50 34%||Wildlife (2018) - Sep 10, 2020
"A bit too moralizing when it depicts a marriage falling apart, but sometimes engrossing and engaging when it shows a family dying from the inside through the eyes of a lonesome teenager. Actor-drive, slightly psychological slice-of-life drama that indicates Dano could direct some really good stuff anytime soon."