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  • Days of Heaven
  • Taxi Driver
  • Network
  • Double Indemnity

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  • Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★½

  • The Black Phone

    ★½

  • The Lure

    ★★½

  • East of Eden

    ★★★½

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  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    ★★★★½

    A grotesque oddity, Cronenberg's 2nd feature, Crimes of the Future, evokes the same sense of transcendent magnetism as films like Eraserhead and 2001. The story unfolds like a series of connected dreams, the types of dreams that arrive at the edge of consciousness. 

    The narrative plottings and concerns are not unlike those that exist in other Cronenberg films. However, their unfolding feels so much looser and uninhibited, creating a similar sensation as removing rocks from your shoes, causing it to almost float…

  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

    Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

    ★★★★½

    What a remarkably dreadful shade of brown this film is. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, an almost unwatchable film if not for the incredible aptitude with which it was made, shows us a miserable configuration of the psyche of a man who kills with ease, a man who kills as a way of life.

    Henry, the literal incarnation of pure evil is played by a curly haired and dour Michael Rooker, whose stained grimace is used to stamp the presence…

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  • The Lure

    The Lure

    ★★½

    Sleazy when it should be sensual. The cracks in its facade of European coolness allow for many moments of cringy posturing to shine through; often evoking the same awkwardness, as many student films do, made by people who were never given constructive criticism, and thusly, continue on without realizing that their shit does in fact stink. So much of it feels tangential and rushed. There are cases of weird emotional shifts between scenes where it feels like something is missing. …

  • Flux Gourmet

    Flux Gourmet

    ★★★½

    Peter Strickland is a mad man. If you are familiar with his work you’ll know what I mean. His nuanced brand of vivid absurdism seems to have a tangible scent and taste to it, where every aspect is designed to overload the senses. This certainly makes him a unique talent despite his overt influences - influences that stretch from giallo art house horror to early Lanthimos (even borrowing one of the Greek auteurs’ main players, Ariane Labed for this latest…

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  • La Jetée

    La Jetée

    ★★★★★

    “Nothing tells memories from ordinary moments; only afterwards do they claim remembrance on account of their scars.”

    Chris Marker’s fluid mixture of still photography and voice-over creates a rhythmic pastiche of haunting symbolism. Humanity on the verge of extinction, after a 3rd World War, begins to subject survivors to sessions of temporal transference in hopes that they can recover recourses from the past and future. The act of stripping individuals of their temporal identity has thus far, “only lead to…

  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity

    ★★★★★

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

    You know a film is good when throughout the entire runtime that slight, almost catatonic smile never leaves your face. All you can do is sit there reveling in the drama and soaking up the images, as if they were being melted onto the screen. There’s so much atmosphere in the first few frames of Billy Wilders’ 1944 noxious noire classic, that you immediately become engrossed in the momentum of the film; and so that by the time the plot…