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  • Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains 1982

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Jan, 2015 4

    Watched this with a friend as part of our monthly feminist film series, and I'm glad she picked it because I probably wouldn't have watched it otherwise. Featuring babies Diane Lane (15 at the start of filming) and Laura Dern (12!!!!!) as disaffected young girls in a punk rock band and the movement they inspire, this movie blurs fiction and reality in vertiginous ways. The movie inspired many actual girl groups (and many a great costume, I assume). They travel…

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters 1985

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Jan, 2015

    This movie is wild! A fictionalized account of the life and last day of one of Japan’s most celebrated authors, Yukio Mishima, interspersed with highly stylized enactments of three of his stories. Written and directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas (and his money), featuring an astounding score from Philip Glass, made by a mostly Japanese cast and crew, and having a fractured relationship with Mishima’s family, it’s strange that this film…

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  • The Master

    The Master 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 10 Sep, 2012 33

    I'm not sure at this point that I can actually separate the circumstances under which I saw this film with the film itself.

    When I got to the theatre, I wasn't expecting to see The Master. I had bought tickets to see Baraka in 70mm; I knew that there was a sneak peek going on that day, but I had assumed it was happening later, after Baraka. It wasn't until I picked up my tickets and the ticket lady asked…

  • Se7en

    Se7en 1995

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 09 Jul, 2012 24

    The night is dark and full of terrors.

    I hadn't seen this since high school, and had forgotten almost everything except the first murder and the ending.

    I had forgotten so much. It is a perfect example of letting the mind fill in the blanks to create an even more powerful effect than showing the actual violence. What we do see, the aftermath of violence, the characters' reactions, and the dark and disgusting atmosphere, is horrifying enough. The lust kill,…