Under the Silver Lake (2018)

Under the Silver Lake
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Writer: David Robert Mitchell
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Deborah Geffner, Riki Lindhome, Wendy Vanden Heuvel, Chris Gann, Callie Hernandez, Jessica Makinson, Topher Grace, Jimmi Simpson
Seen on: 20.2.2019
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Content Note: sexism

Plot:
Sam (Andrew Garfield) spends his days in a daze as much as he can. Disillusioned, he doesn’t have goals or plans. One night, he watches his new neighbor Sarah (Riley Keough) as she swims in the pool. She catches him staring and invites him along. They have a nice time together and set a date for the next day – but then Sarah and her roommates are just gone. Sam believes that something more than a simple move is going on and starts to investigate. But nothing could prepare him for what he uncovers.

I won tickets to see Under the Silver Lake, and I am so fucking glad I didn’t actually spend money on this fucking film. It was so incredible exhausting and bad – an unfortunate attempt to emulate Lynch and failing incredibly hard at it. I hated it.

The film poster showing a woman in a bikini in water. At the bottom of the water are palm trees.
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The Endless (2017)

The Endless
Director: Justin BensonAaron Moorhead
Writer: Justin Benson
Cast: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Callie HernandezJames JordanEmily MontagueTate EllingtonLew TempleRic SarabiaKira Powell
Part of: Secret Society Screening at the /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 1.10.2017
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Plot:
Justin (Justin Benson) and Aaron (Aaron Moorhead) are brothers who managed to get out of a cult and have slowly been adjusting to life outside of it. But when they get a video from another member of the cult, it re-opens that chapter of their lives and the two decide to head back there to figure things out and find closure. However, once they arrive, the cult starts to make more sense than they ever thought before.

If The Endless hadn’t been a surprise screening, I probably would have avoided it – that’s how much I hated Benson and Moorhead’s first film, Spring. But I have to admit that Endless wasn’t bad, even though I didn’t fall head over heels for it.

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Alien: Covenant (2017)

Alien: Covenant
Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: John Logan, Dante Harper
Sequel to: Prometheus
Prequel to: the Alien movies
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Amy Seimetz
Seen on: 23.5.2017
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Plot:
The Covenant is a spaceship that carries colonizers who hope to find a new habitable planet. But before they reach their chosen destination, there is a malfunction that requires Walter (Michael Fassbender), a robot in charge of the ship, to wake the crew from cryostasis. As they are dealing with the aftermath of the damage, a transmission reaches them, a call for help that brings them off their intended path and down to a planet that seems to offer perfect conditions for colonization. But as soon as they land, things start to become weird.

Alien Covenant failed to leave much of an impression with me. The first half was pretty good, but the second half turned pretty boring and was simply too clichéd to work.

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