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  • Thriller
  • O'er the Land
  • Je, Tu, Il, Elle
  • By the Time It Gets Dark

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  • Another World

    ★★★

  • Souad

    ★★★

  • The Souvenir: Part II

    ★★★

  • Red Rocket

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  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    This is a film that refuses to give you what you want. It disturbs the idea that revenge will ever bring about change and exposes our complicity in rape culture in calling out our need for it.

    Spoilers will follow.

    Neat cinematic revenge gives us relief from rape culture, but relief is not what is needed. This is an angry and restless film, overflowingly and messily so. Not in the way you would expect, again, because this is a mainstream…

  • New Order

    New Order

    Too polished and neatly structured to make any real impact, and as such the violence plays out like spectacle rather than as the consequence of a political or economic system.

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  • Revenge

    Revenge

    The title is misleading. This is not revenge, and the film is certainly not feminist. It is just another conventional genre film using rape as a backdrop.

    Spoilers ahead:

    There is no satisfaction to be had, because there is no (cinematic) revenge. Within the narrative Jen is raped and left for dead, but she doesn't come back for a "manhunt" which the misleading plot summary says. It's more of a fight to the death, where the men who already raped…

  • The Untamed

    The Untamed

    ★★★½

    What inspired this film was a news article about a man who drowned, and the headline read "faggot drowned". Amat Escalante was so appalled by the lack of humanity that he decided to make a film exploring themes of sex, homosexuality, violence and gender roles. And it the middle of it all, simply lacking any humanity: an alien which both gives humans pleasure and destroys them. When facing the cruelty and violence in Mexico, creating a supernatural being might seem less far fetched than reality.