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  • Poison Ivy
  • Black Widow
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  • Dagon

    ★★★★

  • Ginger Snaps

    ★★★★

  • Masquerade

    ★★★

  • Top of the Food Chain

    ★★★★½

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  • Sisters

    Sisters

    ★★★★★

    Whenever you introduce a De Palma, it's always in the same defensive "De Palmagist" attitude, and sometimes I think the love there is strictly in who he is -- but also, maybe unnecessary reservations because De Palma is actually a proficient director. What are we apologizing for?

    Sisters may be the best film in which he uses all his talents (and kinks) in a thematically pleasing way. Sure, he's known for trashy delights in the soft hue of austere outrageousness,…

  • Slam Dance

    Slam Dance

    ★★★★

    Slam Dance, for me, is a psychological sublimation to the likes of Vertigo, Jacob's Ladder or Liebestraum. I choose to believe it is purely an adventure in escapist fantasy, driven home by Drood's creative inclinations prone to introverted delusions from reality, reconciling the demise of his nuclear family to that of being swept up in a noir plotline. A little neo-Jungian noir playground. Virginia Madsen's character is not the traditional Femme Fatale however, is actually his inner anima "Yolanda the…

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  • Ginger Snaps

    Ginger Snaps

    ★★★★

    The beginning was a rough start for me, and to be honest, it's kind of embarrassing to admit that it made me blush like Tipper Gore. The whole "on methane suicide pact" that looked like the Sweet Dreams music video of 1995, threw me in an uncomfortable tailspin of former goth memories. I too once transposed myself into an air of doom and gloom with a performative depressive streak, getting a rise out of scaring people. Visiting that mindset again…

  • Masquerade

    Masquerade

    ★★★

    If Nick Sparks wrote a Hamptons noir; ruminating in old money and seashore yachts, colonial cottages, virginal love, and polos. Polos in every color. Actually, I don't dislike the setting at all, but the tepidness and bland Walgreens novel-like quality is hard to transfer to the screen. I think it could work if it had more of a Jane Austen with murder vibe. You need more characterization from everyone involved and it's too simple, too safe to go there, or…

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  • The Daytrippers

    The Daytrippers

    ★★★★½

    A Proto-Little Miss Sunshine: unseen micro-budget family van ride story. Everyone’s idiosyncrasies and flaws comedically on display, subtle holiday feel goods of Seinfeld relatability.

    Highlight is Liev Schrieber playing “smartest guy in the room” writer-type who loves indulging about his Kafkaesque novel and aristocracy. Parker Posey plays mostly blasé cool Posey (I’m not complaining) who chain smokes and has a weakness for said intellectual writer types (raises hand), and Hope Davis as adorable older sister tracking down her husband in…

  • Career Opportunities

    Career Opportunities

    ★★★★★

    I really love this movie, and not for the obvious reason, so here’s a little female perspective for you chuds.

    Whaley is so incredibly charming as doofy outcast, never over-fixated with Josie, but relatable self-involved idiosyncratic Jim. Right on the cusp of the “mall movie” aka Clueless, Mallrats, etc. quirky shenanigans in the only place young people can convene after high school and before twenty-one. Includes intense flashbacks to the time I worked at PetSmart for the summer, not really…