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  • Beyond the Black Rainbow

    Beyond the Black Rainbow

    ★★

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

    I'm not sure when or why the bad Christian Bale impersonator character in this movie turned into a bad Richard O'Brien impersonator 'cause I was dozing throughout the entire thing.

    If ambient music somehow manifested itself into celluloid, it would look like this.

  • Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life

    ★★★½

    A bit long and obvious for a Quay Brothers film, but still hypnotic and dreamlike/nightmare-ish.

    Best use of a jar of "Powdered stag semen collected during the rutting season".

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  • La Strada

    La Strada

    ★★★★

    In a Tom Waits song come to life, Tony Quinn plays an itinerant strongman who buys a mildly retarded girl and trains her to be his clown/assistant. They lead a miserable life on the road, which leads to accidental murder.

    Fellini's film is full of beautiful b&w photography of bleak post-war Italy and Dick Basehart appears in what I can only describe as the "Danny Kaye" role.

    Recommended for fans of depressing cinema.

  • Blue Ruin

    Blue Ruin

    ★★★★

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

    This is as much a movie about family as it is about revenge.

    Oh...and it's very much about revenge.

    When "Blue Ruin" begins, Dwight is homeless and living out of his car. He's dirty and bearded (non-hipster) and is sneaking into people's houses to take surreptitious baths. Speaking as someone who has lived in his car for short periods of my crazy past, I can tell you that the time we spend with Homeless Dwight is pretty realistic.

    Except that…