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  • The Long Goodbye
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • The Red Shoes
  • Come and See

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  • Don Jon

    ★★½

  • Dracula Sucks

    ★★★

  • Flesh for Frankenstein

    ★★★

  • Blood for Dracula

    ★★★★

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  • Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces

    Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces

    I don’t have a review. I just wanted to tell the story about the first time I watched Fire Walk With Me. It was a letdown. Even by Lynch standards, FWWM made no sense. 

    Then the credits rolled and I realized that I had been watching “Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces” the entire time. I’d sat through 90 minutes of deleted scenes from Fire Walk With Me thinking it was the actual movie. 

    I’m a dumbass.

  • 3 Women

    3 Women

    ★★★★★

    The feminine id, ego, and superego in submerged in a blue pool of psychosexual violence. That’s the most concise way I can boil down the essence of 3 Women into a single sentence. It's a masterpiece of dreamlike atmosphere.

    Bodhi Wind's grotesque sand paintings are characters in their own right. The pools are a perfect visual and symbolic companion for 3 Women's desert setting. If you look hard enough, you'll find an immense beauty under the surface of desolation.

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  • Don Jon

    Don Jon

    ★★½

    An Ed Hardy stereotype from 2005 dumped into the most 2013 movie. Watchable but the commentary is laughably surface-level.

  • Dracula Sucks

    Dracula Sucks

    ★★★

    Having just seen Paul Morrissey’s Blood For Dracula, I was curious how it stacks up to its trashier counterpart Dracula Sucks. The latter of which I just missed my chance to see in 35mm at the New Beverly. 

    Surprisingly tame for a hardcore flick. Has jokes but still comes nowhere close to Blood for Dracula’s more tasteful camp humor. 

    Also, during the John Holmes sex scene you can see the sound guy’s entire right leg in the shot.

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  • Time to Die

    Time to Die

    ★★★★

    I’m both a cinephile and a second generation Mexican-American. Taking both those things into account, I’m embarrassed by how little I know about Mexican film history. While putting together a list of acclaimed Mexican films, no director stood out to me more than Arturo Ripstein. The son of Alfredo Ripstein (a famed producer during the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema), Arturo Ripstein's films are lauded for their subversive and disturbing nature. His work features deconstructions of sex, death, violence, gender identity,…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    This log could be a video of paint drying and I would still be over the fucking moon about it. Nothing can replicate the magic of sitting in a theater full of fellow movie lovers. Nothing. What a perfect way to finally return to the theatrical experience. 

    Waited with bated breath for the moment Sharon Tate describes the very theater I was seated in as “the dirty movie place.” Naturally, everyone broke out into applause and cheers. Oh yeah, and someone behind me wolf-whistled during the roof scene. 

    Forgot what it felt like for my face to hurt from smiling and laughing so much. ❤️