Shiva Baby (2020)

Emma Seligman’s feature debut Shiva Baby is a movie that stays with you. Despite its overall brevity (seventy-seven minutes start-to-finish), a darkly comedic tone and an extremely immediate approach to filmmaking, it is likely to linger somewhere in the back alleys of your subconsciousness, and it doesn’t matter if you fall into the film’s target demographic. 

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Promising Young Woman (2020)

My mum used to say a cow that moos a lot doesn’t give much milk. It was her own clever way of saying ‘all wind, no trousers’, a summary judgment on people who talk a big game but when it comes to putting their money where their mouths are, all they can supply is copious amounts of disappointment. Well, let’s just say that Promising Young Woman is a cow that moos a lot.  

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A Quiet Place Part II (2020)

When A Quiet Place opened in 2018, it became a bit of an overnight phenomenon thanks to the refreshing cinematic experience it provided. The Internet was abuzz with accounts of eerily silent screenings devoid of the usual sounds of patrons munching on popcorn, slurping their over-sized beverages or making a pigsty out of their immediate surroundings with nacho-overloaded plates. The wonders of word-of-mouth marketing bolstered by viral tweets made A Quiet Place into an anxiety-inducing cinematic ride.  

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The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 18 (mother!)

Mother (stylized as mother!) was released in 2017 and instantly became one of the most unforgettable cinematic experiences for me. For reference, you can always check out my original review on Letterboxd where I did my level best to summarize the insanity I was subjected to. Interestingly, despite sparking quite a number of controversies, Aronofsky’s film quickly disappeared from the cultural radar. Which is where we step in.

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The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 16 (Miami Vice)

If you are subscribed to the show you will have noticed that my little write-ups come a good few days after the episode becomes available to listen, which is a bit odd, but I assure you it is not. Granted, on some level, this may be a by-product of simply being busy with other things, but it is also sort of purposeful as it maybe increases the lifespan of each episode and maybe helps to some extent with its exposure.

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Possessor (2020)

I don’t do this too often, but before I sat down to summarize my thoughts on Possessor, I looked at a bunch of reviews, specifically in search of people who saw this movie from an angle similar to mine. And I have to say that – bar one or two isolated examples where someone briefly mentioned what I think is the main thesis of this film – mostly everyone was busy looking for other things. 

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