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  • Disintegration 93-96

    Disintegration 93-96

    ★★★★

    A terrific example of making the personal political while questioning the idea that the personal should ever HAVE to be political. The straight-talking narration combined with slick editing and striking images make for a tight distillation of an idea.

  • The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things

    The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things

    ★★★½

    Dripping with anger and twisted affection, and featuring a surprisingly empathetic and considerate performance/staging decision in an incredibly uncomfortable scene. Grime appears to drip from the frame, but Argento keeps things from completely devolving to misery porn…somehow.

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  • Enemy

    Enemy

    ★★★★

    Cronenbergian, wholly pessimistic and so insistent on its foggy, doomed aesthetic that it almost feels like Gyllenhaal's about to run into Tom Jane in a Maine supermarket.

  • Oldboy

    Oldboy

    Awful in the way only bad remakes can be. There's nothing inherently wrong with the technical filmmaking on show, but the vulgar superficial warping of Park Chan-Wook's original film feels forced and unnatural where the 2003 movie is graceful in its inevitability. It also doesn't help that, while Spike Lee is no slouch cinematically, his visuals come off as sloppy when compared to Park's masterful, elegant compositions.

    Other things that hurt the film include Brolin's detestable characterisation (who would want…