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  • Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy.

    Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy.


    I always struggle to write about my favorites. Too many thoughts! Maybe someday I’ll get them all on paper, but in the meantime here’s just two:

    • The perfect high school movie: @marylony’s tweets build the perfect vague high school dreamscape, and Thamrongrattanarit makes the (absolutely inspired) choice to interpret them 100% literally. (E.g.: She wants to “steal cake;” he has her rob the cake man at machete-point.) This has a really profound effect: Mary is Happy becomes an expressionist…

  • Modern Times

    Modern Times

    Such a pretty house and such a pretty garden!

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  • The Witch

    The Witch


    Part of Hooptober 5. Film 17/31.

    I feel like you can tell a lot about a horror movie from whether its score is based on Penderecki, Ligeti, or Schönberg. This is some hard Ligeti shit. A slow-simmering pot. Little bubbles, lotta steam. It almost boils over but you catch it in time to turn it down. Your macaroni is fine.

    You can see all my Hooptober watches here, if yer interested.

  • Hour of the Wolf

    Hour of the Wolf

    Part of Hooptober 5. Film 8/31.

    tfw yr gay and you just walk right up the wall onto the ceiling. . . .

    Hard to know what to say about this one. It’s such a deeply troubling movie. I saw an allegory for the condition of the petit-bourgeoisie in it, but I always see whatever I’ve been reading about, and I’ve just been reading Simone Weil’s Oppression et liberté. I’ll revisit it sometime and I’ll see other things. Seems like it’s…