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  • Last Year at Marienbad
  • Late Spring
  • Satantango
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  • If Cats Disappeared from the World

    ★★

  • The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★★

  • Love, Simon

    ★★

  • Late Spring

    ★★★★★

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  • Outer Space

    Outer Space

    Tscherkassky’s artful butchering of The Entity introduces a unique form of meta horror to the proceedings, a prickling unease brought forth from the jagged contours of the film itself. The violent editing with its frantic splices and dizzying use of multiple exposures gets under your skin with all the precision of a knife that has the ability to not only cleave skin from bone, but to separate mind from body, body from reality. The horror experienced by the subjects of…

  • Kisapmata

    Kisapmata

    ★★★★½

    Kisapmata is filled to the brim with the tension and anger that marks much of the cinematic output from the Philippines’ Second Golden Age. Its narrative centered upon an oppressively authoritarian patriarch and his attempts to maintain control over his pregnant daughter can easily be read as a metaphor for the Marcos dictatorship; the film itself was released shortly after the nominal termination of Proclamation No. 1081 (although Marcos would continue to retain the majority of his powers until his…

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  • The Lady Eve

    The Lady Eve

    ★★★★

    The scene where Jean and her father attempt to out-con one another in a game of poker is one of the funniest scenes to come from this era of screwball comedies. Just a very light and fun watch overall; one of Stanwyck’s best comedic performances for sure (her phony English accent as the Lady Eve is especially worthy of note).

    Also the scene were Stanwyck seduces Fonda by flashing a “sensational leg” (as Pauline Kael put it) altered my brain chemistry in ways that will only be fully understood by the doctors tasked with picking apart my cadaver many years from now…

  • Poor Things

    Poor Things

    ★★★★½

    The vocal affectation Mark Ruffalo adopts for his role is nothing short of inspired; a hilarious blend of bad Shakespearean theatre adaptation and SoCal fuckboy that had me laughing at almost every line to come out of his mouth. Casting him against type was an excellent decision on Lanthimos and the casting directors’ part, and his character is the clear comedic standout of the film.

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  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

    ★★★★

    This review was written inside the Aero Theatre in LA, following a 35 mm screening of the film on 05/16/19.

    Saló, or the 120 Days of Sodom is infamous for its graphic depictions of violence and sexual torture, and as such, its status as an inside joke among the online film community may come as a surprise (or not at all, depending on how cynical you are).

    Personally, I've always found this "meme-ification" of Pasolini's controversial work to be a…

  • The Nightman Cometh: Live!

    The Nightman Cometh: Live!

    The Nightman Cometh is a Freudian odyssey that deftly weaves the tragic and the comic into a complex tapestry made up of the drives and desires that lurk within the subconscious mind, following The Boy’s journey from the sheltered confines of childhood as he grows into The Man, before achieving transcendence upon assuming the form of the radiant Dayman (fighter of The Nightman, champion of the sun, master of karate and friendship for everyone).

    At the heart of this epic…