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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Suspiria
  • Kissed
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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  • Soylent Green

    ★★★½

  • Incantation

    ★★

  • Hereditary

    ★★★½

  • Oldboy

    ★★★★★

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  • Onibaba

    Onibaba

    ★★★★½

    The mask on the poster and in the film is a Hannya mask, used in certain Japanese theatre. While the name comes from the word for “wise” it’s not referring to the mask itself, but supposedly to the artist who made it. Focusing on the wisdom needed to perfect the design.

    The mask is used to portray women who have become demons due to jealousy, but there’s so much more depth than just some troll with horns. Look at it…

  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    ★★★★★

    Fuck me, this movie is amazing. I mean, where do you even begin with this?

    Despite being overwhelmingly shot in close-up, the cinematography offers a crazy level of variety throughout. Each shot is framed and lit perfectly to inform character and drama. Just fantastic.

    But it doesn't start or end at the visuals. This is a screenplay devoted to dry and sterile historical legal documents. The artistry comes from the director's, actors' and cinematographer's interpretation of the emotions coming from…

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  • Soylent Green

    Soylent Green

    ★★★½

    Years ago I saw Planet of the Apes as an adult, and somehow the ending surprised me. I'm not sure if that's because I forgot that iconic image, or maybe because it's so iconic I was completely removed from its place in the story.

    Anyway, that happened again, and this was the second iconic shock ending that actually had me shook. Some sort of testament to Soylent Green's way of gripping me, I'm sure it is.

  • Incantation

    Incantation

    Although it is somewhat fun to see, audience participation horror just isn't scary at all. Suspension of disbelief is stretched so thinly that I honestly don't believe for a second that the filmmakers even buy it.

    It's somewhat interesting in a few scattered places. There are spooky troll hands coming from the walls and stuff. And still I don't recommend it.

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  • Mary Shelley

    Mary Shelley

    ★★★

    Mary Shelley was a complex woman. She was interesting and had strong opinions and believed in her values. This is not Mary Shelley, and frankly, I'm sick and tired of these fairytale versions of actual people and events.

    Do these people think that we, the audience, can't connect with, and empathize with a person with complicated, real emotions? Do they think we can't understand the sometimes differing moral values of a person from a different time?

    Mary Shelley and her…

  • Tench

    Tench

    ★★★★

    Tench is an empathetic and sad portrait of a man being a victim of his own desire. He's given a second chance by society, but his past and his very nature is again brought forth when he falls in love with a nine year old girl. I don't think I've seen a movie about paedophilia before that wasn't also on some level provocative and Bold, with a capital b.

    Amazing acting and genuinely sensitive scenes depicting someone uncontrollably falling in…