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  • Gone with the Wind
  • Blue Velvet
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  • Phantom of the Paradise

    ★★★

  • Stones

    ★★★★½

  • Storage 24

    ★★★

  • Nimic

    ★★★★

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  • Lady Snowblood

    Lady Snowblood

    ★★★★½

    ''Look at me closely. Do I look like someone you raped?''

    Lady Snowblood is a classic.
    It's one of the most influential Japanese films of the 70s.
    Wonderfully pulpy, beautiful, and brilliantly violent.

    THIS REVIEW IS A WARNING AGAINST THE BOTCHED CRITERION REMASTER OF THE FILM

    The Arrow Blu-Ray release reproduces, accurately, the original version of the film. Yes, the film is slightly washed out—this is congruent with other similar films of the era and the film's own sequel—and the…

  • The Blood of a Poet

    The Blood of a Poet

    ★★★★★

    ''is it not crazy to wake up statues so suddenly from their secular sleep?''

    The black angel with a limp.
    Living Statues.
    Mirrors.
    Lips.
    Suicide.
    Hotel Rooms.
    The dead body and the cheater.

    Pure aesthetics.
    Playful entertainment.

    A half-sleeping odyssey through a field of imagery that's self-consciously devoid of deep meaning; the subconscious deliberately suppressed.

    Structurally biographical, but stripped of all depth that would tie it exclusively to Cocteau, The Blood of a Poet is a shallow but universal treatise…

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  • Phantom of the Paradise

    Phantom of the Paradise

    ★★★

    ''Superdestructive, you were hooked on pain; and though your music lingers on, all of us are glad you're gone!''

    De Palma tried for Broadway and ended up in Hollywood.

    As a stageshow—which it so clearly wanted to be—Phantom of the Paradise would be something close to a masterpiece; as a film, Phantom is a fun script wrapped up in bad editing and weird rehash/pastiche filmmaking that calls back to De Palma's earliest films in a way that is not at…

  • Storage 24

    Storage 24

    ★★★

    [CHITTERING]

    A surprisingly fun little movie.

    Basically a SyFy Channel-esque rip off of Attack the Block, but it kind of works and has enough charming moments to push it over into actually being good.

    If nothing else, Storage 24 gets points for understanding that a monster can still feel threatening without being hidden from the viewer. Showing the monster isn't just ok, it's fun!

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  • The Neighbors' Window

    The Neighbors' Window

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

    ''You're not the only one who misses being twenty.''

    All it takes to rekindle your dying relationship is watching your sexy, infertile neighbour die painfully from terminal cancer.

    I guess some people do have it harder than an upper middle-class New York stay at home mum with three lovely kids and a loving husband who's always around and has a lucrative career as a record producer. Who knew?

    Also, who the hell misses being twenty?!

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★½

    ''r u wet?''

    Noisy nonsense.

    Just a complete mess, and not a fun one.

    Adam Sandler is good, but there's very little else going on here.

    The incessant chatter is mind numbing—it's not a 'soundscape' it's the Safdie brothers being so paranoid that their film can't stand on its own merits that they think they need constant pulsing electronica and non-stop talking (frequently both overlapping one another) to keep people engaged.
    Maybe some people see it as an effective way…