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  • Benediction
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
  • Gertrud
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula

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  • There's Always Tomorrow

    ★★★★½

  • Mad God

  • All That Heaven Allows

    ★★★★★

  • Akira

    ★★★★★

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  • There's Always Tomorrow

    There's Always Tomorrow

    ★★★★½

    No-one should marry out of loneliness.

    Not as dagger-sharp or emotionally shattering a critique of postwar suburban conformity as the preceding year’s All That Heaven Allows—in particular, the material with the children (all monstrous, in typical Sirk fashion) is somewhat clumsily handled. He is still in the god-level phase of his career as regards form, however, and the mise-en-scène fetishists among us will have a ball with the surfeit of mirrored surfaces, grotesque plants, and bar-like structures on parade here. The toy…

  • Mad God

    Mad God

    Crashbox for teen boys with Zdzisław Beksiński desktop wallpapers. Pales in comparison to something like The Wolf House, where the hermetic craftsmanship of stop-motion produces images that actually frighten and linger in the mind instead of being merely “kind of cool” or “kind of gross”. I wholeheartedly admire the dedication though!

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  • The Whale

    The Whale

    When Brendan Fraser’s character Charlie laboriously stands up for the first time in the film, we are presented with a view of a sweat stain between his massive shoulders that has neatly formed the shape of a whale’s tail. This image is scored to the most portentous horn-and-string arrangement this side of Zarathustra. I think this moment tells you most of what you need to know about The Whale, a movie at once hateful, hackneyed, and silly. Aronofsky’s back with his…

  • Heck

    Heck

    [T]his is the movie that Reddit made.
    —Kyle Edward Ball in an interview about his new film Skinamarink

    Can’t put it better than Evan did: this man has serious dumb guy energy, and there is something perversely funny in the fact that his thuddingly obvious and unoriginal efforts are now being widely lauded as some new experimental breakthrough in horror. I mean, just listen to his words:

    Also, good horror movies that are creepy, but not necessarily scary, only get creepier with…