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  • Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    ★★★

  • Double Agent 73

  • Possession

    ★★★★½

  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

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  • Millennium Actress

    Millennium Actress

    ★★★★★

    Imperfect Red 

    Black ~> White ~> Yellow ~> Red : Nigredo ~> Albedo ~> Citrinitas ~> Rubedo. Alchemical refinement through essential states in perpetual rotation, a sublimating spiral. This pertains to a music/color theory* of the film I did not cover when I logged this last, one I have seen no one ever write about so I might as well include this as an addendum. The last entry was an attempt to understand a singular experience by couching it in formalized ideas…

  • Millennium Actress

    Millennium Actress

    ★★★★★

    If On A Winter’s Night A Movie Star

    or

    Différance: The Motion Picture*


    This won’t be a true review of Millennium Actress, and to many, may not even pass legibility, let alone seem coincident to the movie. (You may depart now, reader; doubly so if you have never seen it.) A closer approximation would be that I am unpacking what this film, Satoshi Kon’s sophomore feature – and, I believe, his Rosetta Stone – means to me as a text diachronically,…

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  • Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    ★★★

    One of the worst screen cops I’ve ever seen in this one, even for a minor antagonist. Susan Tyrrell takes the unhinged cake and makes everything else seem asleep by comparison. Almost as unpleasant as it is hysterical, which is saying something

  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Have forgotten most of the vibe since watching but wanted to write something to record certain details for memory

    Between faith and chance, “love’s unknowable horizons”. Neither reputation or time has curdled this film’s bizarre intensity, I suspect because it is not finely reductive to truisms of relationship dynamics or traumatic resonance. I think Possession has more common DNA with something like a Modernist art piece structured within a governing ethos – one camera in or on a violent pas…

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  • All Dogs Go to Heaven

    All Dogs Go to Heaven

    My dog passed today. Was emotionally and physically sore after I dug his grave, and wanted something comforting, and dog related, to put on. Probably haven’t seen this since a pre-Kindergarten VHS, but Bluth’s imagery has stayed with me practically my whole life, so why not go back to the well. The wells came up alright. Just what I needed. 


    This is surprisingly classical (Cabin in the Sky meets a gangster picture), also really good. You can’t keep a good dog down




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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★½

    Aviation law has its roots in the ancient codes of maritime law. The idea was that the sea was analogous to the sky, with like currents and streams, and once the air entered the realm of navigation, taxonomy and customs of water travel were adapted as framework. Space law has followed from this. We lay the grammar of the familiar atop the uncharted. We could say the Moon and Mars in Ad Astra have “terrain”, even though the word carries…