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  • Grenada: The Future Coming Towards Us
  • Namibia: Independence Now!
  • They Do Not Exist
  • Testament

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  • Phantom of the Paradise

    ★★★★

  • Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★½

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2

    ★★½

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  • Phantom of the Paradise

    Phantom of the Paradise

    ★★★★

    news about RFK’s friend, who was also shot the night he was assassinated, wanting to reopen the investigation (sirhan innocent)* dropped in the middle of watching this at 1am and drove home how many of de palma’s radical political preoccupations were prominent (surveillance/assassinations/de facto MKULTRA) in what on the surface initially comes off like a campy music industry satire. 


    It’s a good thing I waited until after books like CHAOS, weird scenes in the canyon and the FBI vs Tupac broke my…

  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★

    cronenberg can be p good at sketching the parapolitical forces manipulating a libidinal shadow economy to violently achieve certain ends so that contradictions between desire and trauma become impossible for any individual to negotiate amidst warring factions operating behind various front organizations.

    Even more than a return to overt body horror (which i'd read consumed and figured he already got out of his system) was happy to see cronenberg messing w/ genre formula like this a la videodrome, existenz, scanners…

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  • In the Same Breath

    In the Same Breath

    the amount of people I’m seeing post-sundance doing free labor for the CIA and “bearing witness” to China’s covid response when the US has 400k+ dead, mass poverty and no end in sight to China’s toll of 4635 suggests more people should read the Vijay Prashad, Du Xiaojun, and Weiyan Zhu piece about China’s actual covid response vs the ongoing Cold War 2.0 disinformation campaign about it. 

    www.thetricontinental.org/studies-2-coronavirus/

    some useful excerpts:

    1.  A key – and underreported – part of the response…

  • The Big Chill

    The Big Chill

    ½

    say what u will about godard but at least weekend had the foresight to condemn all the boomer sellouts in the big chill to a cannibal holocaust.

    by this point the film's rep has sunk to where pointing out why it's bad is like shooting fish in a barrel but it's still galling in a film with no black characters that there's a conversation where a lawyer says she left public defending because all her clients were (cw) scum of…