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  • Copy Shop

    Copy Shop

    ★★★½

    Kopies by Kafka

    Stylistic, inventive, a lot of hard work in its process toward the eventual 35mm Neg. Copy Shop (2001) even bats its eyes at some philosophical/ontological references giving it more depth than merely a pretty torn face. It's good, so why did I want more? Because it actually had all the pieces in place to give more, a rarity in itself. When Virgil Widrich chose to continue as a series of reiteration rather than a more meaningful confrontation I was disappointed. However, I certainly like it.

  • The Tell-Tale Heart

    The Tell-Tale Heart

    ★★½

    This concise E.A. Poe high drama was Jules Dassin's directorial debut. Although it packs a lot into the short action production, there remains a lack of subtlety/breathing space in the story's pacing, or Joseph Schildkraut's almost operatic madness scene. Not as good as the 8 minute Ted Parmelee cartoon.

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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    Preposterous, sterile and boring. A glossy hat trick for dismissal. Movie, you're fired. Even Satan hates you for being so dazzlingly superficial and Trump-like in your mocking estimations. Go, just go. Never expect the sound department to do the dramatic heavy lifting ever again. You are tongues wagging at a business meeting, each too soon made glad in attempting to find a layer of irony that will exonerate them from being tongues wagging at a business meeting. TND, your adolescent…

  • 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…