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  • The God of Cookery
  • Vampire's Kiss
  • Female Trouble
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  • Billy's Balloon

    ★★½

  • The Ride to the Abyss

    ★★★½

  • Moving Illustrations of Machines

    ★★★★

  • The Adventures of Ricardo

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  • Ghost World

    Ghost World

    Imagine writing a perfectly bittersweet, empathetic graphic novel about two disaffected adolescent girls and their slowly disintegrating relationship, then deciding it needed less about their relationship and more about one of them fucking Steve Buscemi

  • The Seventh Continent

    The Seventh Continent

    ★★★★★

    We know how it happened, but why? Haneke tries to show us, rather than tell, but what he shows is surface, and we must pull what we can from beneath. Our protagonists, the perfect bourgeois family, moving coolly through their lives. Life reduced to a series of actions, gestures, smooth movements. Camera locked in closeup on the movement of hands, the frame becomes a prison, the routine calcifies. The embrace of the slippers that greet his feet every day grows…

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  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★

    Suffers from the unbearable weight of massive potential that is often squandered working through dull tropes like “workaholic dad who is too busy for his kid and learns a valuable lesson about the importance of family.” Still a fun time.

  • The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

    The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

    ★★★★

    As wild and visually extravagant as a live-action Dr. Seuss film should be, a fever dream of dictatorial piano teachers, rollerskating twins conjoined by beard, and hand-shaped beanies. German expressionism filtered through an inimitably Suessical visual style. Adults, and particularly the ruling class, can never be trusted - they're just preparing us for literal and metaphorical prisons of their own design. Every frame of this is a delight - this is what children's movies were meant to be.

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  • Street Trash

    Street Trash

    ★½

    Never feels trashy or outrageous enough to justify its existence. It lacks a certain anarchic energy, point of view, or sense of humour that might transform its transparent attempts to offend into something entertaining. The screenwriter said he "wrote it to democratically offend every group on the planet" - that's not something to be proud of! That just means you have no skin in the game. You have nothing to say. Equal opportunity offenders make shitty satire (as if 25…

  • Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore

    Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore

    ★★★½

    I hate coming-of-age stories, but this one distinguishes itself through a focus on female sexuality that is honest rather than exploitative and through functioning as an amiable and rambling document of punks going nowhere in Minnesota. I spent a lot of my twenties at punk house shows and parties, and the depiction of this milieu (and the local cinema as a gathering place for weirdos) rings very true. I enjoyed spending time with these characters.

    The opening shots, cutting from…