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  • M.D. Geist II: Death Force

    M.D. Geist II: Death Force

    ★★★½

    psychedelic cartoon lucifer descends to earth and unleashes the capitalist-imperialist id which is so tortured by its own violent, contradictory, cannibalistic super-ego that it built an army of flesh eating android centipedes and giant laser centaurs to devour itself as a corrective. everything is coming out of human phase: the planet's surface is endless concrete arcologies choked with endless bones and painted with the burnt shadows of the atomized dead. time is fractured and incoherent. images phase in and out…

  • Black Rain

    Black Rain

    ★★½

    director's cut suggestions: remove the entire NY section. remove every scene where Douglas and/or Garcia say anything. double the length of all establishing shots. add in 1-3 additional pillow shots after each establishing shot at random. double the length of all shots where the camera cuts to anyone looking at streets or interiors. quadruple the length of any shots that contain smoke, steam, molten metal, or rain. add in any footage the camera operators accidentally shot of interiors, smear it…

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  • House

    House

    ★★★★★

    Sixty in September: 10/60

    There are so many things to be fascinated by in this beautiful, wild movie, but two things really stick out to me. Obayashi talks about them in the interview on the Criterion materials:

    One is the war and the atomic bombings. Obayashi is originally from Hiroshima. He says, quietly and candidly, that most his friends didn't survive the bombings, as a child. The second is Obayashi's sense of how children view and experience the world. He…

  • Possession

    Possession

    ★★★★

    Hoop-Tober #14

    Ana's spectral screams as she flows and dances like a ghoul in the subway. All I could do was cry at it, with her, for her. Some freeing thing and all the bindings too coming up as blood and spit. Woman spirit birthed up from the grave womb of the earth.

    There are doppelgangers and spies and the shadow of the Wall and monsters and eyes. The man with pink socks. And it is so profoundly sad. It's…