M.K. R.

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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    David Cronenberg, affecting the same sense of psuedish aloofness that kills most of his films for me, once opined that Alien “has no metaphysics, no philosophy[...] The creature winds up as a man in a crocodile suit who chases a bunch of people around a room. I think that my own films do a lot more in touching a deep seated nerve, more than the simple reaction that you don’t want a crocodile to eat you. Alien was just a…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    “To grow up as a 'girl' is to be nearly fatally spoiled, deformed, confused, and terrified; to be responded to with falsities, to be reacted to as nothing or as a thing—and nearly to become that thing.” ― Alice Sheldon/James Tiptree Jr.

    Strip away the sci-fi veneer and underneath is grim social realism: a woman desperately attempts to assert her personal identity in the face of a ruthlessly dehumanizing system that reduces people to nothing more than exploitable commodities. Men…

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  • Prince of Darkness

    Prince of Darkness

    ★★★★

    Hands down the most Lovecraftian movie ever made—the way it invokes the religious and supernatural before offering up materialist explanations based on what was then-cutting edge science is straight out of the "At the Mountains of Madness"/"Whisperer in Darkness"/"Shadow Out of Time" playbook (and the film's heroine, Catherine Danforth, obviously takes her last name from "Madness"). This unfortunately extends even further—it wouldn't be a properly Lovecraftian tale without some unpleasantly problematic undertow; the way this views homeless people as "subhuman"…

  • Dark Star

    Dark Star

    ★★★

    Nominally a John Carpenter film, but this is really Dan O'Bannon's show, containing the germs of both Alien and Return of the Living Dead. O'Bannon's script is superb, his production design ingratiatingly chintzy, and his onscreen dual-performance as Pinback and the Bomb steals the thunder from his unlucky co-stars, who all fail to invest his story with the same committed zeal.

    love that dang beach ball and Carpenter's ultra-primitive analog synths

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  • Twisted Pair

    Twisted Pair

    Neil Breen enacts a stalking and rape roleplay session with one of the usual half-his-age romantic interests that his films always feature.

    He misspells the word "detective" as "dectective" twice in the end titles.

    There is a scene shot in someone's tacky man cave where the theatrical posters for both Ultraviolet and Finding Nemo are prominently, proudly framed on the wall.

    A sequel is promised/threatened.

    At the end, the cinema screen defaulted to the Oppo blu-ray player menu, signifying that…

  • Promare

    Promare

    ★★★★½

    Nothing here is as funny or disturbing as their last outing, Kill la Kill, but in their own way Imaishi and Nakashima have always been as subversive with their medium as Verhoeven was with the blockbuster form. If you've seen one giant mecha battle you've seem em all, but every stock anime trope and plot beat is inflated with over the top bombast until it explodes—the relentless maximalism is thrilling to the point of near-exhaustion.

    And just like Verhoeven, it's…