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  • Daughters of Darkness

    Daughters of Darkness

    ★★★★

    A fascinating, sedate and sinister war between two forces with the same goal: to subjugate beautiful women, to turn young and fertile life into a resource and suck it dry. Valerie's bitter "You don't know how to love; you can only destroy" reminds me of a similar quote from Children of Paradise, something like "Men don't love beauty; they chase it to snuff it out and forget it."

    One force of honest, carnal consumption erodes the romantic patina off another, revealing the furnace waiting behind the honeymoon.

  • Pink Floyd: The Wall

    Pink Floyd: The Wall

    ★★★★

    A writhingly realized ouroboros of psychological, societal, and interpersonal sadomascochism.

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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    ★★★½

    Tense and potent as baby stew. I appreciate how the Satanic forces in this film are a catalyst for unveiling the violence and hatred Christianity (particularly Puritanical Christianity) is designed to both disguise and foster.

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    I'm confused how The Witch earned the controversy of being "pro-Salem witch trials." If anything, the message struck me as pro-Satanic. It's a great exploration—even celebration—of why witchcraft might appeal to any woman living under these conditions.

    It remains sympathetic to Thomasin for its…

  • Angela

    Angela

    ★★★½

    I believe I found this on someone's horror film list somewhere, so I was expecting spiritual torment from a child's eye view. The summary—which is accurate—combined with that ominous poster, certainly suggest something sinister. To my surprise, though, this film is produced with a touch as light and pink as cotton candy. The feminine pastels remind me of Barbara Loden's Wanda or Sofia Coppola's best visuals in Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette.

    The theme is more female-centric than demon-dwelling, focusing…