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  • Rebel Without a Cause

    Rebel Without a Cause

    ★★★★

    Following the pain and desolation of the Second World War, many American veterans sought commodified comfort and created a new American landscape characterized by suburbia, the nuclear family, and consumerism.

    As a product of the mid-1950s, Rebel Without a Cause and its teenage characters were forged by this new world, but while other pieces of American media at the time glorified newfound middle class prosperity, this film actively critiques it. I am impressed by how aware this film was of…

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★½

    The Favourite is a modern classic that demands a future rewatch. There's so much to love here, but most of what I enjoyed boils down to the film's ratcheting and unrelenting tension, which is provided through fantastic writing, well paced editing, a distinct soundtrack, and stellar performances from the entire cast.

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  • Eraserhead

    Eraserhead

    ★★★★★

    Eraserhead is a terrifying, gore filled, dream-like experience. Like a real nightmare, its terror is rooted in personal fear: in this case, the fear of adulthood. Surreal cinematography, character designs, editing, and acting brilliantly surround this film with an atmosphere of suspense and paranoia, as the viewer never knows just what to expect around the next corner. Alongside these film techniques, David Lynch utilizes crisp and terrifying sound design to create a convincing and cohesive film. This was my first…

  • The Fly

    The Fly

    ★★★★½

    "You only know society's straight line about the flesh. You can't penetrate beyond society's sick, gray fear of the flesh. Drink deep or taste not the plasma spring! [...] I'm talking about penetration beyond the veil of the flesh- a deep penetrating dive into the plasma pool" - Seth Brundle

    David Cronenberg delivers a deep dive into subconscious human fears of our own bodies, our potential for procreation, and unwanted parenthood throughout this fleshy fly themed horror flick. Both Jeff…