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  • Secret Beyond the Door...
  • The Nude Vampire
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Querelle

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  • Escape in the Fog

    ★★★½

  • Hit Man

    ★★★

  • Maryada Ramanna

    ★★★★

  • Blacker Than the Night

    ★★★★

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  • Mod Fuck Explosion

    Mod Fuck Explosion

    ★★★★

    The brief grocery montage recalled for me the Black Dresses music video for their "Crush" cover: Rage Inside the Supermarket. I see this film as kind of a double inversion: a critique of the critical punk aesthetic, which in the end just functions as a structurally necessary form of resistance, a controlled opposition within hegemony. This is represented in the commercialization of the cherished first edition Dildo - Volume 3 LP (worth quite a bit of money, you realize), but…

  • Risky Business

    Risky Business

    ★★★★½

    It's mind-blowing that this came before any of those Hughes movies. This is that very same white, masc, suburban, Chicagoan fantasy of upper-middle bourgeois paradise unspooled, spiraling out into milky oblivion. For capitalism is not about idealism, making the world a better place for your fellow man, as Cruise jokingly suggests early-on, but it is also not only about "making money" as his classmates presume. Crucially Risky Business considers what that kind of money can do for you, the value…

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  • Escape in the Fog

    Escape in the Fog

    ★★★½

    The way that they ultimately "escape in the fog" in climax of this is like a Nick Mullen bit or something. Must be seen to be believed.

  • Red Rock West

    Red Rock West

    ★★½

    solid noir skeleton but the drama and aesthetic never rise above derivative and sorta dispassionate

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  • Jennifer's Body

    Jennifer's Body

    ★★★★½

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

    TRIGGER WARNING

    A rape-revenge movie disguised as a high-school horror comedy. But really, is disguise even an appropriate word?

    How obvious is it that the stabbing of Jennifer in the woods is a metaphor for rape? Just like the lead character of I Spit On Your Grave (who, by the way, is also "coincidentally" named Jennifer), Jennifer is restrained by a group of men in the woods who then abuse her, thrusting foreign objects into her body. The primary difference…

  • Jack and Jill

    Jack and Jill

    ★★★★★

    Adam Sandler's biting satire of post-9/11, American, capitalist, consumerist culture. Sandler is clearly drawing from a vast and varied collection of sources to create this subversive narrative, the film contains hints of everyone from Jorge Luis Borges to Aristophanes. Sandler's slyly hilarious comedy is a brilliant celebration of one's own identity (particularly, gender and ethnicity) in the face of the increasingly repressive and xenophobic state of world politics, in fact, with each passing year, this film only grows in its…