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  • Trouble in Paradise
  • Modern Romance
  • Dishonored
  • Rosemary's Baby

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  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    ★★

  • Tenebre

    ★★★

  • Police Story

    ★★★½

  • In This Corner of the World

    ★★★

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  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    My first rendezvous with Ken Russell, and wow. Stands erectly in an orgiastic display of proto-Gilliam filmmaking and gets drenched in howling symphonies of desire before devolving into a balls-to-the-wall variant of THE CRUCIBLE. Whatever the movie attempts to comment re: religious fury gets buried by mountains of flesh and sex. Oliver Reed's performance as Grandier feels singularly towering while Vanessa Redgrave's twitchy, hunchbacked Jeanne exudes a lifetime of sexual repression. One dies a martyr, a representation of flawed goodness, while another lives to be eternally damned, masturbating with the bone of the martyr.

  • Raise the Red Lantern

    Raise the Red Lantern

    ★★★★

    I dislike the movie's dreary ending, but Zhang's stately direction of this tale of patriarchal traditions and interpersonal intrigue tickled my fancy in a way that media hasn't done since the second season of Game of Thrones. Songlian, the fourth and most recent mistress to Master Chen, arrives at the family compound and learns about the special treatment received by the mistress with the master's affections, as symbolized by raised red lanterns outside her wing of the building. She desires…

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  • Eros + Massacre

    Eros + Massacre

    ★★½

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  • Rhapsody in Blue

    Rhapsody in Blue

    ★★★★★

    I never log shorts, but this tour de force (and the most underrated film of the Renaissance Era Disney catalog) changed my DNA. The "Rhapsody in Blue" segment of Fantasia 2000 is on a level of its own, with a uniquely fluid 2D animation style and color palette that masterfully depicts the simultaneous hustle and bustle of New York City and the melancholic atmosphere hanging over the Great Depression. By telling the tale of four lost souls with distinctive backgrounds…