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  • Porco Rosso

    Porco Rosso

    ★★★

    We will glorify war – the world's only hygiene –, militarism, patriotism , the destructive gesture of freedom-bringers, beautiful ideas worth dying for, and scorn for woman. —Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Futurist

    The Italian Futurists were staunch supporters of speed, technology, violence, and modern inventions like automobiles and aeroplanes. Porco Rosso, set in early 1930s Italy, reflects a lot of that youthful daredevilness, including more than one nod to Mussolini (spot the fasces on the side of Porco's best friend's plane) and several of Marinetti's glorified fascist/Futurist feats.

    Ergo, never trust a pig.

  • The Horror at 37,000 Feet

    The Horror at 37,000 Feet

    ★★★½

    Paganism on a plane.

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  • Alucarda

    Alucarda

    ★★★★

    Ken Russell directs Heavenly Creatures with set design by Peter Greenaway and nuns provided by Coil. An 8/10.

  • Windows

    Windows

    ★★★★

    "I had been appalled and fascinated by the statistics coming out of South Africa - political prisoners pushed out of windows, with fatuous excuses like they slipped on a bar of soap, they thought it was the door, etc. I built that into a fiction, trying to find all the possible reasons why anybody might fall out of a window, and compressed it into 3 1/2 minutes and set these appalling facts up against a very idyllic landscape in order…