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  • Crimes of the Future
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  • Old
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  • Zabriskie Point

  • Nope

    ★★★★½

  • Elvis

    ★★★★½

  • Penthouse

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  • Playground

    Playground

    ★★★★

    "The film understands the importance and negotiations of space integral to the lives of children. The camera’s close proximity to the action often captures the small nuances that separate play from punishment. The children work hard to maintain small routines oriented around space, sitting at the same table at lunch, finding corners of the playground out of view of supervisors. The film understands the power of controlling specific spaces and the dangers of transgressing them. The film brims with unwritten rules of conduct that can shape a child’s reputation or frame them as outsiders. "

    Read my full review at Cult MTL: cultmtl.com/2022/03/playground-depicts-the-deeply-troubling-cruelty-of-children-laura-wandel/

  • X

    X

    ★★★

    "Total credit to West as a filmmaker that he ultimately takes the horror into unexpected directions. Though the kills aren’t exactly the most original, the source of the horror comes from an unexpectedly “real” place. As the film crew spends more time on the farm, we also get to know the older couple better — mainly their despair and disappointment in having their youth slip away from them. While, overall, I have some mixed feelings on exploiting old age (particularly…

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  • Friends with Money

    Friends with Money

    ★★★★

    Jennifer Aniston surviving off free skin care samples is too real

  • The Lords of Salem

    The Lords of Salem

    Difficult to put into words the visceral impact and sadness of The Lords of Salem. One viewing doesn't quite seem enough to put all the pieces together, as Zombie puts together a horror film so unlike any horror I've ever seen. The brutality of Sheri Moon's performance hits me in the fucking gut, and without ever having dealt with addiction, the film feels like a pained, strung out journey into the abyss. Some great female power, and a bone-chilling soundscape are icing on the cake.