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  • Mad God

    ★★★★★

  • Knives and Skin

    ★★★½

  • The Wicker Man

    ★★★★★

  • Phantasm

    ★★★★

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  • Mad God

    Mad God

    ★★★★★

    Time to start recording the movies I watch again, maybe.

    Today's was Phil Tippet's MAD GOD, a startling, gorgeous, completely absorbing wander through a meticulously handcrafted post-apocalyptic landscape. I don't think its lack of a tight, coherent plot is any mark against it; like dialogue, the presence of conventional storytelling would distract from the visual spectacle on display. (The soundtrack is very good at setting an emotional tone and hypnotizing the viewer, though I couldn't help but wonder what either…

  • Knives and Skin

    Knives and Skin

    ★★★½

    A little bit 2010s tumblr dream-pop aesthetic post in motion, a little bit a kinder version of WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, and a little bit the high school soap opera parts of Twin Peaks on quaaludes, KNIVES AND SKIN is hypnotic and calculatedly, though appealingly, strange. Although its loose story of small town sorrow, secrets, sordidness, and sexual awakening isn't anything new, this movie brings unusual style and impeccable vibes to the table. The script and acting both wobble between…

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  • The Final Exit of the Disciples of Ascensia

    The Final Exit of the Disciples of Ascensia

    ★★★★★

    A charmingly off-kilter low-budget animated riff on the story of the Heaven's Gate cult that tackles depression, abuse, belief vs. doubt, cult indoctrination tactics, the human search for meaning in life, and the ways society fails people who can't fit into the established order. In less than 45 minutes! With songs! And a whole lot of absurdist cartoon humor!

    This all might sound disrespectful to the actual events that clearly inspired ASCENSIA's plot, but Philips &co. provide one of the…

  • Carmilla

    Carmilla

    ★★★★½

    I don't think I've ever seen or read a version/adaptation of CARMILLA I didn't like, and this one's particularly special. The vampirism aspect is downplayed-- in fact, the most obvious reading of the film is that this Carmilla isn't a vampire at all, but rather the victim of superstition and homophobia. Instead, CARMILLA becomes a tragic, Romantic coming of age story about isolation, repression, and erotic awakening. The plot moves quite slowly and remains uneventful for about the first third…