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  • Eraserhead



    But having rated it five stars, I'm not sure if I ever want to do this to myself again. It was my first time in the theater, and I forgot that on my previous viewing at home I paused a couple times (toilet break, water). In the theater, there is no escape, and I seriously contemplated fleeing a couple times, just because I found the film so effectively anxiety-inducing.

    ERASERHEAD is a miracle of sound design, of no-budget imagination, of…

  • The Long Day Closes

    The Long Day Closes


    Perhaps you're like me, and haven't seen much Davies, but you've seen enough Loach and Leigh to feel like you've got the measure of things when it comes to British kitchen-sink miserablism, and autobiographical coming of age stories have no special appeal for you, and you saw THE HOUSE OF MIRTH sixteen years ago and it quickly faded into a miasma of costume dramas, bubbling between THE END OF THE AFFAIR and AN IDEAL HUSBAND and a passel of Austen…

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  • The World's End

    The World's End


    Cinema has failed us all by not continuing to deploy Nick Frost as the Caucasian Sammo Hung. If only this stuck the landing, it would be an unalloyed masterpiece.

  • Mary Queen of Scots

    Mary Queen of Scots


    Mostly serviceable, sometimes slightly more than that (a special attention to details of feminine life) and sometimes less than that (the one battle scene is a bundle of nothing). Rourke's filmic storytelling rhythm wasn't fully convincing, but a few striking moments made me curious to see what she does next.

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  • La La Land

    La La Land


    Saw this weeks ago but been under NZ embargo, and suspect my reaction would be even more positive if I had written a review at the time and/or hadn't been worn down by the haters, who are legion and seem to take enormous pride in their position. I sincerely get that there are flaws in this film, and I have zero issue with someone filing their "not for me" review and moving on, but I also fully believe that there…

  • Happy Death Day

    Happy Death Day


    Sure, "GROUNDHOG DAY but slasher" is a good idea, but it's an ...
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    ... execution dependent concept.