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  • Diary of a Lost Girl

    Diary of a Lost Girl

    ★★

    Title cards not in English, so...

  • The Night Porter

    The Night Porter

    ★★

    Something like what you might imagine we’d’ve gotten if Bertolucci were to have directed Casablanca:

    “Of all the upscale hotels in Post-WWII Vienna with a Gestapo council operating out of the back.... the woman I sexually and mentally traumatized by raping her and forcing her into a sadomasochistic dynamic against her will for years, during our time together as prisoner & guard in the concentration camp, walks into mine... AND she liked it!”

    “Here’s to tying you down, kid...”

    “...Beat me again, Max, for old time sake...” 

    “...We’ll always have Auschwitz.”

    I could go on.

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  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★★

    Mind completely blown.

    Never has a film further exceeded my expectations.

    I fucking love this.

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Fuuuuuck... That's the stuff.

    I can see some of Darren Aronofsky, Spike Lee, Lars Von Trier, and even Gaspar Noe in here - in terms of visual style. In terms of tone and dialogue, it felt like a combination of David Mamet, Martin McDonagh, even Charlie Kaufman - in a 'Synechdoche, New York' sort of way.

    This plays very much in the same space that '8-1/2' did. It is meta as hell and entirely self-aware, which is what makes most…