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  • Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom
  • Caché
  • First Reformed
  • Histoire(s) du cinéma

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  • 42

    ★★

  • Climax

    ★★★★★

  • Lux Æterna

    ★★★★

  • The Art of Filmmaking

    ★★★½

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  • 42

    42

    ★★

    A deleted scene from Enter the Void (which seemingly wouldn't have fit anywhere from my recollection), "42" is a tad creepy in its visuals of a charred man. Otherwise, the jump scare is cheap and makes this particularly unmemorable.

  • Climax

    Climax

    ★★★★★

    Benoît Debie's liberating cinematography, Noé's provocative expressionism, and a racially diverse and talented cast of dancers combine to make the finest successor of Zulawski's incredible confessions of human psyches and their emotional drives. Climax succeeds on the orgy of bodily movement and chromatic oversaturation whose euphoria becomes an unending nightmare. '90s French youth culture, with its drugs and infectious music, allows a portrait of dreams, sex, and immorality to rise from repressed xenophobia and misogyny of the petite bourgeoisie. Climax,…

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  • Hellraiser

    Hellraiser

    ★★★★

    On a rewatch following a first time reading of the novella, there's quite a difference between the source material and adaptation than I recall, albeit I would still call it incredibly faithful on the whole. The real issues stem from Barker's unrefined direction, weak script, and unnecessary changes that take away from the visceral pleasures of the Cenobites for more traditional horror setups—particularly the ending as the house crumbles and the Cenobites become bumbling idiots and then a fucking dragon…

  • Enter the Void

    Enter the Void

    ★½

    An all too glacial collage of sense impressions through psychedelics and rote characterizations, Enter the Void diminishes with each additional minute as its meandering soul continues in the vacuous state of human existence: the void. Noé cannot be faulted for his enthralling imagery whose "altered states of consciousness" (as he explains his usage of stroboscopic effects in the Irreversible commentary) elicit emotional responses only experimental filmmakers seem capable of crafting. Problems lie in the banal tropes littered throughout the film…