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  • Pulse

    Pulse

    ★★★★★

    “People don’t really connect, you know. We all live totally separate lives.”

    The wave of internationally successful Japanese horror films released in the late 1990s to early 2000s (often referred to as J-Horror) gave life to a new global vocabulary of horror, one of ghostly women in white dresses, unresolved grudges, deadly curses, and supernatural revenge. While these tropes existed in Japanese culture and cinema for hundreds of years, it was only with such works as Hideo Nakata‘s Ringu, Takashi…

  • Possessor

    Possessor

    ★★★

    Brandon Cronenberg‘s Possessor shares much in common with the horror films of his father, iconic body horror legend David Cronenberg, fusing a critique of technology and corporate villainy with a high concept sci-fi plot and tight bursts of graphic, nightmarish violence. It’s impossible to miss the influence of his father in the film, yet it is also quite easy to recognize that this Cronenberg is his own filmmaker with his own distinct voice. Rather than feeling like a David Cronenberg…

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  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver

    ★★★★★

    There's a moment in Taxi Driver when Travis Bickle is balancing his TV set with his foot. There's a light tension in the air as it oscillates back and forth between the force of his foot and gravity. Ultimately it falls over, and its assured destruction is perhaps the film's most obvious parallel to Travis's own downward spiral. Teetering on the edge in his own mental illness and isolation, Travis is very much that TV set.

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★★

    look, don't get me wrong. I love messy, incoherent art that throws everything it's got against the wall hoping something will stick. but I needed something more here - something, anything - to latch onto.

    there's so much in this that I like - the gorgeously saturated cinematography, the lush score, the crisp editing, the hesitant performances - but I can't help but feel something in the narrative is missing. 2 hours was a lot to sit through when most of the middle felt superfluous.

    in any case, I don't get to hate this because I didn't love it.