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  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    I remember the waves Dogtooth created eleven years ago. Critics at festivals started speaking of the Weird Greek Wave (a somewhat reductive term which flattens an entire country's cinema down to the quirks of two weirdo friends trying to entertain each other - Athina Rachel Tsangari and Yorgos Lanthimos [supposedly there are others in the movement, but can anyone honestly name any of them without google?]). I've seen the bizarre and delightful trailer for Dogtooth at least a dozen times in the…

  • Gun Crazy

    Gun Crazy

    ★★★½

    Relationship advice: leave your partner at the first sign of psychopathy and homicidal mania.

    An extra star for the phenomenal final 20 minutes. Gun Crazy starts with clunky B-movie dialog, wildly uneven characterization, an impressive heist scene, likable actors, and heavy-handed but satisfying visual metaphors (rows of slaughtered pigs hanging as set decoration at a robbery that ends in bloodshed, phallic imagery with the titular guns).

    At the 60 minute mark, just when my interest in their story was flagging,…

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  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    Long Day's Journey Into Night

    ★★★★★

    I was not expecting this to be so steeped in Tarkovsky: tracking shots of ruined buildings in rain (Stalker), the horse dropping its apples (Ivan's Childhood), Luo carefully carrying the lantern across the room and back (Nostalghia), the references to buildings burning down (Mirror, The Sacrifice), suddenly flying with a perspective shot and voice over (Andrei Rublev), all the railroad tracks and sounds (Stalker), the glass sliding off the table (Stalker), the use of rain and water (Solaris), the spinning…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    Life's been busy (unemployment and job hunting are surprisingly draining and time consuming!) so I've fallen 7 movies behind on reviews and will probably be brief with most of them.

    Like Hereditary, Midsommar finds horror in grief and family trauma and builds towards a finale where that pain is the key to an occult or pagan ritual. Two main differences: Midsommar is a shitty relationship/extremely messy breakup movie and where Hereditary was steeped in darkness, Midsommar is drenched in sunlight.…