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  • Antiporno

    Antiporno

    ★★★★½

    I watched Antiporno at 2am and, as with all Sono's films, I can't imagine watching it at any other time of day. Sion Sono deals in two things: the extreme and women, which inevitably leads to him portraying the extremity of womanhood often. Whores and virgin, psychos and school girls. His films are decidedly not "feminist" which has led him to be steadily referred to as a misogynist. Although not feminist, he focuses on female experience and the acts and…

  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    ★★★★½

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

    Such a lonely movie. Everyone wandering, unable to rest, unable to trust. This rewatch I was struck by how much this film is about suicide. Wanting or waiting to die, knowing your time is ending, for reasons both in and out of your control. The moment Charley takes off his shoes before shooting himself in the chest hit me. There's such a ritualistic nature to suicide. Always interested in seeing the small processes that characters go through before committing the…

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  • The Forest of Love: Deep Cut

    The Forest of Love: Deep Cut

    ★★★

    my not-so-hot hot take is that movies should be watched in one sitting, with as little interruption as possible. not cut into a million different pieces.

  • Wet Hot American Summer

    Wet Hot American Summer

    ★★★★★

    top 10 movies that mean the most to me

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  • The Forest of Love

    The Forest of Love

    ★★★★★

    "Do you love electricity?................ Say 'I love electricity!'" // "If I survive, I'll become a slut!"

    People look at Sono's films as misogynistic when his films portray the violence and wickedness of men more than anything. Men are manipulators or easily manipulated. Either way, they are messes, weepy and expressive. Sometimes their actions make no sense (to fit the complex plot tangents). His women are always more complex than the male figures. Men act as animals, out of instinct. The…

  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    ★★★★★

    Hilarious and heartbreaking beyond belief. A film that continually leaves me in awe. The camera responds to every movement of its subjects, not frantic but hovering, voyeuristic. Window glares and bodies moving within unostentatious but beautifully precise composed framing. Smokey sun-drenched air and an everpresent impending dread. The portrayal of women in this is fascinating, so filled with shame and fear and anger. Male directors seem to have a sense of judgement about female characters that they don't have with…