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  • Support the Girls

    Support the Girls

    ★½

    An after school special with all the moral subtlety of an election ad. As for its formal traits or unique use of film crafts to better expose the themes and characters' motivations through crisis toward resolution--well, ugh . . . there are none. Written and directed by Andrew Bujalski, he offers push-up bra bonding as a feminist dialectic. Nope, not ironically.
    Pretty bad.

  • Curse of the Blood

    Curse of the Blood

    ★★★½

    Dark, sexy, bloody, incestuous, ghostly noir/horror. Almost Macbethian in its hysterical rowing down a river of blood toward the abject humiliation of a once renowned and wealthy Samurai family; then, and after a few pit stops for more murder, manipulative sex, tribute and mayhem: onward to hell.

    The stylishness is unusual for a seeming lack of production budget--its shot almost entirely on a sound stage with wicked black and white pools of shadow and chiaroscuro. Non-linear, erotic, heavy on effective…

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  • The Merchant of Four Seasons

    The Merchant of Four Seasons

    ★★★★★

    I don't believe anyone has the right to comment on this film with any possibility of authority unless that person realizes (even if hidden from view) that he or she is a pig. Me, I'm something of a pig, but unfortunately don't have any faith that anything I say will help us out of our universal barnyard predicament, but I can recommend this film very highly to those who think too much, take long walks alone through the city parks,…

  • Wake in Fright

    Wake in Fright

    ★★★★½

    A behemoth. A mythic tale of almost endless interpretation and catalyst for thought. Perhaps a primer for what makes males tick down deep--somewhere primal, ruthless and untiringly perverse from our addiction to the genetic brotherhood's range of violence. Gentlemen, I offer you your peers; ladies, your fiancés.

    It isn't only Doc Tydon's "man in a smoking jacket, whiskey and soda," who succumbs to the affectability of progressive civilization, all the while hypocritically rationalizing his deepest and oldest demons--what John Donne…