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The Dead Zone (1983)

Rachel Says

Another Stephen King novel adaptation, and another Cronenberg. Not very Cronenberg-y but that's because he didn't write it. But he did a great job! I thought it was quite good. I fell asleep for the last 20 or so minutes but uh... that doesnt' really seem to have mattered all that much. The romance part felt almost the most compelling to me, like... what if you're in a loving relationship and basically the next day 5 years has passed for one of you and no time has passed for the other? Also Christopher Walken is so insnae looking I think I forgot. His face is truly bizarre to behold. Martin Sheen's a bitch. Conservatives r trash. Oh and wait why was it called The Dead Zone tho?

David Cronenberg
Christopher Walken, Tom Skerritt, Brooke Adams, Martin Sheen

Triangle of Sadness (2022)

Rachel Says

Rly rly good. Better than The Square. Somehow managed to be totally absurd and exceed its premise over and over but also rly coherent and sharp and provocative. Lots of great bits. Part 1 was probably the weakest but it was also short and a good setup, and maybe we needed to start with some (mostly) realism to have the full effect of ending where we did, so maybe actually part 1 was fine and good. Loved the seasickness scene, obviously. But everything that happened on the island afterwards was truly visionary. Like for real. The ending was absolute perfection.

Ruben Ă–stlund
Charlbie Dean Kriek, Harris Dickinson, Woody Harrelson, Dolly De Leon, Vicki Berlin
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Ghost Dog (2000)

Rachel Says

I liked it! Very Jarmuschian with the genre and tone mixing. Loved the RZA soundtrack. Also very stylistically fun and flashy, like with the written parts of the book appearing on screen as Ghost Dog reads them, the fade to black scene cuts, and especially the slo-mo type movement during action scenes but also during regular walking around scenes, which I'm still not sure what to make of but thought was funny and want to think about more. The plot unfolded at a nice pace and the mafia guys were funny.

Jim Jarmusch
Forest Whitaker, John Tormey, RZA, Isaach de Bankolé, Camille Winbush, Tricia Vessey
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Taste of Cherry (1997)

Rachel Says

Watched this after first reading then listening to Nicole Krauss's "Seeing Ershadi," so that I could finally have the full context for the story and cuz the movie sounded dope. It was spare on the surface but rly rly full underneath. Was Mr. Badii a desperate, pleading man or a demanding asshole? Was he looking for someone to agree with him, or to stop him, or truly just to bury him? What did he want, in the end? The fact that we know nothing about his life makes it so impressive that we can ask these complicated questions by the end of the film, and that we can easily read it all of these ways. Still making sense of the ending.

Abbas Kiarostami
Homayoun Ershadi
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The Handmaiden (2016)

Rachel Says

Gorgeous, ornate, absurd, fun, feisty, complicated but not too complicated, dark, sad, sexy, perfect! Park Chan-wook can't miss! Really well acted, susprisingly tender at times. I had a lot of fun :)

Park Chan-wook
Kim Tae-ri, Kim Min-hee, Ha Jung-woo, Cho Jin-woong
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Selena (1997)

Rachel Says

Beautiful, funny, perfect, an inspo to all us brown girls who don't speak Spanish good. So many bangers. Gone too soon. RIP. Husband was kind of a dingbat. This movie was v funny also.

Gregory Nava
Jennifer Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Jon Seda, Constance Marie
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My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)

Rachel Says

Shakespearean in the way only rom coms can be! Julie Roberts is a damn conniving liar. But the ending? Real growth! She stopped feeling sorry for her little bitch self and decided to move on with her life with grace and love, even though it was and will always be very painful. Wowza. Inspiring! Though I will say that dude was nowhere near as hot as either of the chicks in love with him. Gay bff was the best character and it wasn't even close.

PJ Hogan
Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney, Rupert Everett
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In the Cut (2003)

Rachel Says

Any movie where Mark Ruffalo goes down on Meg Ryan from the back is a success. V horny, fun noir aesthetic, lots of high contrast shadows and weird color stuff going on, tilted camera angles and other spooky shit. The actual plot was idiotic but it wasn't really about that I think?

Jane Campion
Meg Ryan, Mark Ruffalo, Jannifer Jason Leigh
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Young Frankenstein (1974)

Rachel Says

Lol classic. Gene Wilder still bae.

Mel Brooks
Gene Wilder, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks
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The Lighthouse (2019)

Rachel Says

Super wacky! But also not at all! A24... something always feels hollow and lost, emotionally. It's got the visuals. It's got the embodied humanity. But quick collages of tentacles and mermaids and gore, and lots of farts and poop can only get you so far (which is very far for me but still). I dunno what I'm asking for. It was a descent into madness, and a good one. The boys acted the fuck out of this. It also made me laugh a lot and was rly silly and went for it so hard which I enjoyed.

Robert Eggers
Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson
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The Truth About Cats and Dogs (1996)

Rachel Says

Lol. Janeane Garofalo is so funny. This was cute and stupid, great take on Cyrano de Bergerac... but a girl! British man was the real dummy here for not figuring it out! But also extremely fucked up that these women lied to him for so long. "You're the stupid, beautiful one and you're the smart..." lolololol

Michael Lehmann
Janeane Garofalo, Uma Thurman, Ben Chaplin, Jamie Foxx
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Dune (2021)

Rachel Says

Not sure why people hated on this so much, I thought it was fun! Maybe it's beause I never read Dune... but I can feel/see all the 60s political commentary and its brazenness at the time. It's not a shy or subtle story. Plus like everybody was hot and the landscapes were beautiful and the worm was sick as hell so tbh what's not to like? I'd watch the next one. And would read the books.

Dennis Villeneuve
Timothee Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Zendaya
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The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)

Rachel Says

Really simple premise working so so well here. Feel like it's actually fucking genius to have a main character who's just one of life's good guys, a simple sweet man dealing with something bigger and more existential than he can fathom. A good little blade of grass getting buffeted by the caprices of the world and those around him. So sweet, so sad, so funny, so charming. And "how's the despair" was doing SO much work here, rly rly effective dialogue. Obvi, the fingers. The donkey. The landscape. The Troubles. Good!

Martin McDonagh
Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan
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