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  • Summer of Sam

    Summer of Sam 1999

    ★★★★ Rewatched 12 May, 2015

    Would play great as the kookier second half of a double bill with Zodiac. A movie where John Leguizamo's character is a serial philanderer because Catholic guilt forbids him from getting a blowjob from his wife, set against the backdrop of the Son of Sam killings - it's as crazy and probably nonsensical as that description sounds, and when Spike Lee goes batshit, it can go either way, but this time it works. It's manic and hysterical and sleazy in…

  • Taxi to the Toilet

    Taxi to the Toilet 1980

    ★★★ Watched 12 May, 2015

    I was a little disappointed this - it's as explicit as its reputation suggests and groundbreaking in that sense, but other portrayals of same-sex relationships since then have been much more frank and emotionally insightful. Not a great movie, but still a remarkably fearless one.

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  • Eyes Wide Shut

    Eyes Wide Shut 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 14 Nov, 2012 7

    One of my fondest moviegoing memories is the collective groan a frustrated opening weekend audience let out as Stanley Kubrick's elusive final film cut to black. It's a fair response, as Eyes Wide Shut deliberately upends our expectations; it's a movie that was sold on the promise of raunchy sex scenes featuring its then-married leads, but while there's plenty of skin throughout the film, the sex is as cold and alien as Crash (the Ballard book/Cronenberg film). I've heard a…

  • Drive

    Drive 2011

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 27 Oct, 2012 2

    Took a break from horror to watch this last night with a friend who hadn't seen it; at the end, she said that it was very sweet. It was the fourth time I've watched Drive, and it struck me this time how much it's a film about loneliness. All of the audacious style, every beautifully composed shot, the incredible action sequences and moments of shocking violence, the amazing soundtrack, everything that makes Drive so memorable hinges on two characters, divided…