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  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★★½

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

    Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) is an art gallery curator in Los Angeles. On exhibition in her gallery, she currently has an installation piece incorporating video of naked, morbidly obese women dancing and lifelike silicone sculptures of those women lying in a variety of positions – it's like a Patricia Piccinini piece, but without creatures. Real women, bearing their bodies and owning their appearance, and fake versions of those women lying about face down (many even look as if they're dead).…

  • Staying Vertical

    Staying Vertical

    ★★★★

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    Gender roles, specifically masculinity as a social construct, within relationships are flipped on their head in Alain Guiraudie's latest film, Rester Vertical [AKA Staying Vertical] (2016). It's a film of bleak comicality that blends perceptions of the real world with surrealism. The trajectory of this film is unforeseeable from its outset, and by the end of the film the journey that has unfolded on screen continuously outdoes the events that came before it. I saw this film at its US…

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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★★★★

    "In fashion, one day you're in, and the next day you're out," cautions supermodel Heidi Klum in the reality-competition show Project Runway. Though that phrase is directed toward fashion designers, the same can be said of the cutthroat world of modeling at the center of Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film, THE NEON DEMON (2016). Co-written by Nicolas Winding Refn, Mary Laws, and playwright Polly Stenham, THE NEON DEMON has a firm grasp on competitiveness between women, and the milieu of…

  • Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus Rex

    ★★★★½

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    PASOLINI, or THE 12 DAYS OF CINEMA - DAY 5: "OEDIPUS REX"

    Pier Paolo Pasolini's first color film is an adaptation of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. At the forefront of the conflict in Pasolini's Oedipus Rex (1967) (aka "Edipo Re") is a concern with fate and destiny – a subject that is already found within Pasolini's earlier films. Accattone is destined to live the life of a pimp in Accattone (1961), Mamma Roma will always be a prostitute in Mamma Roma…