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  • Un Chien Andalou
  • A Man Escaped
  • Braindead
  • Red Spirit Lake

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  • Golden Needles

    ★★½

  • Age of Dinosaurs

    ★★½

  • ...in furs

    ★½

  • The Risen

    ★★★

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  • You Could Have Seen The Mona Lisa

    You Could Have Seen The Mona Lisa

    ★★★★

    I have never seen the Mona Lisa.

    A few months ago, we took my daughter to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She had grown fond of a Gerald and Piggy "art-tivity" book, which had a large number of games and activities centered around famous paintings of the world, and included was an index that detailed the paintings referenced and where to see them. She saw that several were at the Met, so I asked her if she would like to…

  • Shatter Dead

    Shatter Dead

    ★★★★

    One thing I've learned about myself while immersed in the world of SOV is that I no longer really give a tin shit whether or not something is narratively coherent or how formally impressive it is or isn't if, at bottom, it makes emotional sense to me. Shatter Dead is better made than most at this level because Scooter McCrae is a thoughtful dude with a number of strong ideas and a visual sense that finds striking images whenever he…

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  • Vigilante

    Vigilante

    ★★★½

    The Important Cinema Club Super Scary Movie Challenge: Entry #1

    Category: An action film that's secretly a horror film

    Urban revenge crime drama with the scuzz turned way up and the catharsis drained almost entirely, where even the most deserved of revenges rings hollow, and violence on an individual level solves nothing because the problems are systemic and firmly embedded. It's always about power, about the right of the strong over the weak, and one of the canniest things Lustig…

  • My Name Is Nobody

    My Name Is Nobody

    ★★★★½

    The logical and satisfying end point for a certain stripe of self-mythologizing Western - Once Upon a Time in the West if Charles Bronson was instead Bugs Bunny. Nimble and engaging, an absolute metagenre delight, with Terence Hill perfectly cast as a grinning trickster god.

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  • Beyond the Black Rainbow

    Beyond the Black Rainbow

    ★★★★★

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

    Rather than a proper review, I'd like to address something I've been seeing a lot vis-a-vis this here movie. In other words, I'm about to break this shit down real small.

    Great visual experience, but oh that ending! That seems to be a standard knock on Panos Cosmatos's sumptuous, thrilling sensory blast Beyond the Black Rainbow, to where even its champions feel like apologizing the last fifteen away. Nuts to that. Its ending is terrific, a sudden disorienting gearshift that…

  • Kung Fury

    Kung Fury

    Creatively bankrupt dead-eyed smug garbage masquerading as nostalgia-humping homage. Fuck this. Fuck all of this. Fuck everything it represents.