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  • Blockers

    Blockers

    ★★★½

    I went to see this after reading some positive reviews but was a bit skeptical. This is being talked about as a feminist teen sex comedy, but that isn’t a completely novel thing—Amy Herkerling’s Fast Times at Ridgemont High managed it in 1982 at the height of the sexist teen comedy. But I was largely won over by Blockers.

    While the film is seemingly structured around the attempts of the parents to stop their kids having sex, it is at…

  • Variety

    Variety

    ★★★★

    One of the great weirdo 80s indie New York movies. Penned by Kathy Acker, this bizarre movie follows a woman named Christine who gets a job as a ticket taker at a porn theater and becomes fascinated by porn, overhearing it from the lobby and peeking through the curtains of the theater. We get a tour of New York’s sleaze days as Christine goes into adult bookstores and peepshow booths. This is intermixed with a Rivette-style pseudo conspiracy narrative in…

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  • The Witch Returns to Life

    The Witch Returns to Life

    ★★★

    Hooptober 4.0
    Country 3/6: Finland

    While it’s from Finland and not Sweden, this film reminded me a lot of Bergman films from the late 40s and early 50s, especially the comedies. A group of upper-class archeologists and explorers sit around making jokes about sex that inadvertently reveal their various hangups and sexual dysfunctions: one guy is in love with another’s wife, one is impotent, etc. So despite the light tone, there is a disturbing sexuality lurking beneath the surface.

    This…

  • Blood and Black Lace

    Blood and Black Lace

    ★★★★★

    A visual masterpiece. The mise-en-scene pops with exquisite colors and a baroque set design filled to the brim with odd knick-knacks. The camera floats supernaturally through this fantastic reality, sometimes connected with the killer and sometimes not. The film’s magic has little to do with the plot, although it establishes key motifs of the giallo, including the sexually charged setpiece murders. The twist is fun, too.