Favorite films

  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • Paths of Glory
  • El Topo

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  • House of Gucci

    ★★★½

  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★★

  • Mom

    ★★★½

  • Tomcat

    ★★★½

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    ★★★

    Predictable mid-brow PTA, but with a very good lead performance by Alan’a Haim. 1970s San Fernando valley, similar territory as Boogie Nights, only less focused. If you’ve seen the trailer you’ve practically seen the film.

  • Mom

    Mom

    ★★★½

    A mother plans a way to exact revenge against the four gang rapists of her stepdaughter who were acquitted in a court of law. Moving but manipulative in a typical Hollywood/Bollywood way. Worth a look.

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    God awful JJ Abrams take on Star Wars.  At least Leni Reifenstahl's propoganda was above board in Triumph of the Will.  At least there was pioneering technique in Triumph.  Here it's all poisonous subtext. The unknown and things we don't understand are evil.  There's only good verses evil, no grey areas like in real life.  Violence without consequence.  I can see all these 16 year olds eating candy while watching this garbage, taking in subliminal imperialistic themes that will follow…

  • The Devils

    The Devils

    LSD (lysergic acid dythalimide) played a prominent role in establishing the tone of Ken Russell's 1971 dark comic drama "The Devils," an excessive indictment of political corruption in Loudon, France. Whether the cast and crew were tripping during production, I do not know, but the psychedelic drug culture certainly contributed to the acerbic style of this film, perhaps more than any other. And there are quite a few, "The Trip," "Easy Rider," "Woodstock," "El Topo," etc.
    This acidic undertaking, branded…