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  • And God Said to Cain

    And God Said to Cain

    ★★★★

    Endless night. Howling wind. Blue eyes. An angel of death with a rifle.

    The great Gothic Spaghetti Western.

  • The Grief of Others

    The Grief of Others

    ★★★★

    It's a cosmic joke that Patrick Wang's shortest film, the writer/director behind the amazing three-hour opuses IN THE FAMILY and A BREAD FACTORY, is also his heaviest.

    In THE GRIEF OF OTHERS, Wang captures a family struggling with a tragedy, that only becomes more present when the father's long lost daughter shows up pregnant, which steers things toward confrontations that had been simmering for a long time.

    It's an opaque piece of work (The source novel was as well) that…

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  • Assassination Nation

    Assassination Nation

    ★½

    The film starts with a TRIGGER WARNINGS joke. Oof.

    Politically all over the place and tonally repugnant. The film is about the horrors of mob violence and it goosed our audience to scream "KILL! KILL! KILL!" at one point.

    I'm a white dude, so it's not really my place to say this, but it kinda felt uncomfortable watching another white dude make a film about the complexities of being a young woman that revels in mentally and physically abusing them until it switches into a heavy-handed "ISN'T THIS VIOLENCE KEWL!?" finale.

  • Spawn

    Spawn

    ★★

    One of the most sincere adaptations in cinematic history? All the characters look like they were originally drawn, the guns are rendered in that blocky IMAGE style, and it's pretty boring and shitty.

    Just like in the comic book, SPAWN just stands around a lot doing nothing.