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  • Black Sunday

    ★★★★

  • Suicide Club

    ★★★★

  • The Attic Expeditions

    ★★

  • Mill of the Stone Women

    ★★★½

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  • House

    House

    ★★★★★

    The development and creation of Hausu is a wonderful story of artists' intuition and persistence, and for once someone else can actually indulge in the history lesson better than I can, of which I have to refer to Joshua Dysart's excellent run-through of how this film came to be. The Cliffsnotes version, however, goes that Toho wanted to make a movie similar to Jaws, and entrusted an experimental director by the name of Nobuhiko Obayashi, known for commercials and the…

  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★★

    The birth of Possession came about through one of the most miserable succession of events any film director could experience, starting with the most prominent catalyst of Andrzej Żuławski's divorce with Małgorzata Braunek, a marriage that lasted for six years and ending just as Żuławski finally gained international success for That Most Important Thing: Love. Said film allowed the maverick director to return to Poland after initially being exiled due to The Devil's controversial release, and worked on two years…

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  • Black Sunday

    Black Sunday

    ★★★★

    Terence Fisher's Dracula was very important for film industries all across Europe, as it demonstrated that horror could be a commercially successful genre and had the lasting power overseas (i.e the U.S.) to stand toe-to-toe with the likes of Hollywood. Mario Bava, then mostly a cinematographer with a few uncredited co-directed films, was given the chance to helm his own project due to consistent reliability and full carte blanche to do whatever he wanted. Knowing Fisher's film began a seismic…

  • Suicide Club

    Suicide Club

    ★★★★

    I've covered a fair share of Sion Sono's filmography by now, the man always knows how to stir up some sort of conversation and message in his films that make him intriguing to discuss, as well as revel in the complete gonzo punk storytelling and editing that, as far as I can tell, truly came to form with his 4-hour odyssey Love Exposure. Moving farther back, though, still leaves quite a few films ripe for exploration, most notably with Suicide…

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  • Mill of the Stone Women

    Mill of the Stone Women

    ★★★½

    The explosion of Italian Gothic horror in the early 1960s can be attributed to the Italian film industry's absolute lack of horror films, with a 35-year gap between the very first Italian horror, 1920's Il mostro di Frankenstein, and what could be called a false start for the movement, 1956's I vampiri. Part of this was because of the massive popularity of the "Telefoni Bianchi" genre in the 30's and 40's, AKA bourgeois comedies that imitated American humor while also…

  • Serial Experiments Lain

    Serial Experiments Lain

    ★★★★★

    (NOTE: THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE ENTIRE SERIES EPISODE-BY-EPISODE. AS SUCH, SPOILERS ARE PRESENT ALL-AROUND. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED).

    Few series have had their legacy defined by mystique and complete obliqueness like Serial Experiment Lain, delving into complex themes like the nature of reality, identity, and communication just as the internet’s interconnected stream of information began taking the form it takes today. Forming a trifecta of late 90’s anime mindfucks alongside Neon Genesis Evangelion and Revolutionary Girl Utena, a…