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  • Silhouette

    Silhouette

    This is a very atmospheric short about an enigmatic, creepy young killer. The clever use of shadows and light is in line with the themes, and colors and lighting are used really well to contrast night and day. Night has a dreamlike quality with glowing neon.

    There's an unanswered central mystery relating to the silhouette, masks, shadow self, and/or evil. The priest is a nice touch.

    The impressive, rumbling original score does a lot towards creating the unsettling mood.

    Check it out here: Silhouette

  • The Trout

    The Trout

    ★★★½

    Isabelle Huppert plays a young asexual trout farmer married to a gay alcoholic man. She is lusted after by many international businessmen and uses their attentions (i.e. money) to party-on and see the world, early 1980s style. She learns about life and love from some experienced older women. Then some dramatic things happen. The sudden plot bombshells at the end of much meandering reminds me of some Chabrol films I’ve watched recently.

    This is such a strange film and I…

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  • The Big Sleep

    The Big Sleep

    ★★★★½

    I can’t say that I completely worked out the machinations of all the villains, but it doesn’t really matter. I’m sure it would become clearer on a re-watch. I think the problem was that so many characters are spoken about who don’t appear for a while or even at all. Jotting names down in a notebook would probably help, but The Big Sleep is too entertaining to bother with that.

    What I like most are the subtle details and barely…

  • Carnival of Souls

    Carnival of Souls

    ★★★★★

    I’m not going to be able to write about this now, because I’m reeling. I know for certain that I’ll watch Carnival of Souls again and again.

    So...mind blown partly because I wrote about half of this in a story when I was a teenager and I definitely hadn’t seen this film. Mind also blown because of literally everything else. The worst thing about it is some bad acting but it actually works incredibly well for the film. How can that be?