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  • A Clockwork Orange
  • The Holy Mountain
  • In the Realm of the Senses
  • Wake in Fright

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  • House of Darkness

    ★★★

  • Beethoven

    ★★★★

  • Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island

    ★★★½

  • Best in Show

    ★★★★

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  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★★

    Tár (2022, dir. Todd Field)

    "We’re all capable of murder. That is a fantastic handbag, by the way."

    The opening moments of Todd Field’s Tár juxtapose the details of an older gentleman (The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik) preparing to meet with world-renowned conductor Lydia Tár (a possibly never-better Cate Blanchett) - which we soon discover to be preparations for an initially absorbing and finally uncomfortable live talk with an audience of hundreds - with images of Tár having a custom suit tailor-made.…

  • The Phantom Carriage

    The Phantom Carriage

    ★★★★★

    HOOPTOBER 2022 - Night 29, Film 50:

    The Phantom Carriage (Körkarlen) (1921, dir. Victor Sjöström)

    "Wherever he goes, he’s greeted with sorrow and despair."

    And it is no wonder. He is a drunkard whose wife deserted him, taking their two young children with her. And this is also no wonder, because he is a drunk, and had become a real bastard. But her leaving him drives him absolutely mad with a bitterness that extends to the entirety of humanity, and with…

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  • Blonde

    Blonde

    ★★★

    Blonde (2022, dir. Andrew Dominik)

    This was unfortunately not very good. And it is a very long 167 minutes. An intentionally miserable slog, and one without an emotional inlet, so therefore one that’s a real tough sit for a lot of its runtime.

    However, this also contains some of the best imagery I’ve seen in any film, ever - and I mean that in terms of aesthetics and in terms of impact. Some spectacularly gorgeous stuff here. The imagery sells a…

  • The Beyond

    The Beyond

    ★★½

    The Beyond: The Composer’s Cut
    …E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà
    (1981, dir. Lucio Fulci)

    DO  NOT
    E N T R Y

    Awesome to see Fulci’s melting flesh and tarantulas eating lips and eyeballs in a theatre full of people. Loved that. The Music Box brings Italian gore nerd dreams to life.

    What sucks is the new score, and its arrangement within the movie. Doesn’t fit. It’s distracting and even takes away much of the successful atmosphere and suspense and…

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  • X

    X

    ★★

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

    X (2022, dir. Ti West)

    I was so looking forward to Ti West’s X, a film it seemed I would surely instinctually respond to: a gritty ‘70s horror throwback about a group of amateur pornographers being terrorized on a rural Texas homestead. The trailer was excellent, the look and feel exactly the vibe I was hoping for when I read the synopsis. Director Ti West impressed me before with another throwback picture: his gorgeous and terrifying slow burn occult horror, The House of…

  • Bullet Train

    Bullet Train

    ★★

    Bullet Train (2022, dir. David Leitch)

    I was in the mood for a fun comedic actioner with some awesome violence, an intriguing multiple-assassin plot & a stacked cast. The stacked cast is indeed here. The rest of what this was reported to contain didn’t really come through so much.

    Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock seem to be the only ones who realized Bullet Train was supposed to also be a comedy. Granted, I had much more fun with their action-comedy The Lost City from…