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  • The Bellboy

    The Bellboy

    ★★★★★

    my parents raised me under two falsehoods, first that I was a boy and second that Jerry Lewis wasn't funny. also this is one of the greatest debut features of all time.

  • Hideout in the Sun

    Hideout in the Sun

    ★★★★★

    If this had a different soundtrack it would be classified as an avant garde disruption of genre cinema, but even without it it still makes Breathless seem Worthless (or at least grossly overrated). The back-side angle shots of characters, an economic necessity to cover bad post-sync sound, gives a formalist quality to these structuralist noir elements, contrasting them with the Edenic eruption of nude bodies and birds of paradise. It also renders the goons as comic book lines and shapes,…

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  • HyperNormalisation

    HyperNormalisation

    Ultimately, Curtis’ argument is that the oversimplification of complex problems breeds oversimplified solutions, and when these overly simple solutions are implemented—often violently—they produce unintended consequences that further complicate the calculus. I would like to keep this front and center, because while Curtis has many aesthetic and methodological weaknesses, the framing of his thesis remains sound, even if he himself is not fully beholden to it. The case for complexity is a flexible position, one that does not divide political and…

  • High Life

    High Life

    This is only my third Denis, the others being White Material and Bastards, but her work strikes me as fraudulent. I'll reserve judgment on her earlier major works (if I ever watch them), but her style seems wholly conventional (and pretty sloppy in this case) and the ideas of her films are downright stupid. High Life traffics in the same unsophisticated fascination with sexuality and violence shared by other art house brands like Noe, Breillat, Refn, and Haneke, filmmakers who…