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  • Thunder Road

    ½

  • Hare Force

  • Duck Soup to Nuts

  • Tick Tock Tuckered

    ★★★½

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  • Mortuary

    Mortuary

    ★★★½

    a late, great fungal-termite-tapeworm art gem from one of the titans, Hooper's most erratic and scattershot of the post-lapsarian cg experiments i've seen, crawling through the foundations of an argument about the creeping black death at the heart of America, extending tendrils in the form of throw-away lines about prison labor or MKULTRA and minor comic figures like the effete, pleading NIMBYist cop or the disaffected youths intent on making "graveyard babies" in moldering gothic decadence overrun with the ugliness…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    feature length rick and morty ep for new york times readers

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  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    What makes Lynch so fascinating is that he’s a conservative whose aesthetic tendencies (unerring empathy for/centering of his female characters, a proclivity for exploring dysphoric relationships between persons and their bodies/bodies and the world, and an affinity for the cynical epistemology of the noir) constantly undermine his nostalgic and otherwise regressive gestures. Nowhere is that more apparent than in The Return, a colossal moral reckoning with the willful failure of each and every available institution (cultural/political/social) to reckon with trauma.…

  • The Blair Witch Project

    The Blair Witch Project

    ★★★★★

    on the violent impositions of movie-making, the mere force of a video camera's gaze enough to draw out a hidden evil in the placidity of an essentially anonymous landscape. baffled that anyone could watch this and demand less talking, less arguing, because honestly there's nothing more purely dread-inducing here than the pointless circumambulations that people engage in when they're terrified and have no fucking clue what they're doing. the terror is built with negative space, visually and narratively, the absences…