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  • Dead of Night
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • The Shining
  • My Neighbor Totoro

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  • Damnation

    ★★★★

  • Crash

    ★★★½

  • The Souvenir: Part II

    ★★★★★

  • Caprice

    ★★★½

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  • The Nightmare Before Christmas

    The Nightmare Before Christmas

    ★★★★

    1st Henry Selick

    Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! I was invited back onto the Autism Through Cinema podcast a month ago to record their Christmas episode. This time, we talked about The Nightmare Before Christmas, its relationship to autism, the wonders of animation and the aesthetics of a pleasurable fear. Stay tuned for the end to hear my Santa Claus impression, and let me know what you think if you listen to it! You can find a link to it here!

  • The Beyond

    The Beyond

    ★★★★★

    Hooptober 8.0, pt.7- In which Ethan goes looking for a book on black magic but accidentally finds Gilles Deleuze instead

    6/6 Countries (Australia, Belgium, UK, USA, Japan, Italy) (COMPLETE)
    5/8- Decades (1980s, 2010s, 1960s, 1990s, 1970s)
    2/4- Films from 1981
    1/2- Haunted House Films

    6th Lucio Fulci (after Don't Torture a Duckling, A Cat in the Brain, The House by the Cemetery, The Black Cat and City of the Living Dead, followed by A Lizard in a Woman's Skin, Zombie…

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  • Damnation

    Damnation

    ★★★★

    2nd Béla Tarr (after The Man From London)

    Really, this film doesn't have a plot, despite what the description likes to say about a man falling for a singer and the husband who gets between them. Ignore that. This is the story of a town that's given up on life. A character remarks that "the fog gets into your soul" and nothing could be more accurate; everyone walks around in a depressive stupor. There's little work except the bar and…

  • Crash

    Crash

    ★★★½

    13th David Cronenberg (after Scanners, Dead Ringers, The Dead Zone, The Fly, Videodrome, Fast Company, Shivers, The Brood, Crimes of the Future, Stereo, Secret Weapons and Naked Lunch)

    I adore cars, but nowhere along the line have I ever wanted to fuck around one. Glacially paced, sure, but with a cold intellectualism that is fascinating to witness and brilliantly turned out. It's one of the few films where violence against automobiles is completely understandable, for in the twisting of metal…

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  • The Piano Teacher

    The Piano Teacher

    ★★★★★

    4th Michael Haneke (after Caché, Code Unknown and The Seventh Continent)

    A damning study of what happens when emotional repression is allowed to fester. That’s not a comment on Erika’s sexual desires but more the manner in which they manifest and the behaviour she exhibits to those around her, sexual or otherwise. Trapped in a tiny apartment with her smothering, domineering mother, Erika is painfully stunted, projecting her deep dysfunction as an open hostility and contempt for everyone around her.…

  • Eyes Without a Face

    Eyes Without a Face

    ★★★★★

    1st Georges Franju

    Franju described this as 'Horror in homeopathic doses', one that is interested in a quiet sense of anguish rather than hair-raising fear and revulsion, and he is absolutely right. Eyes Without a Face is an anti-romance, a film where any sentiment has been stifled by the crushing selfishness of Doctor Génessier, Pierre Brasseur's unbelievably arrogant surgeon. A fair cry from the lively bon vivant the Collab saw in Children of Paradise, Génessier is a vast, imposing figure,…