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  • Repo Man
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Withnail & I
  • The Big Lebowski

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  • Gaia

    ★★★½

  • Lake Michigan Monster

    ★★★½

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★

  • Cum On Feel The Noize

    ★½

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  • S. Darko

    S. Darko

    ★★★★

    "She told me she thought her brother was the lucky one. Everybody would remember him and love him forever."

    Working within the rules of The Philosophy of Time Travel, and continuing Roberta Sparrow's intent unto the second generation, a paean for the minor character, those who continue after the story has finished and its players leave the stage, S. Darko is the story no one wanted or needed, least of all those left behind.

    Those lost souls, the abandoned young—small…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★½

    "Why do you have to make things so fucking complicated?"

    A character actually says that in this film, and no one—not even Simon Pegg—stops to turn and stare at the camera knowingly.

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  • Gaia

    Gaia

    ★★★½

    "The largest organism on the planet lives right here underneath us. Older than human history, it's been... growing. Waiting. Ripening. And it's ready... to spread."

    An environmental worker encounters two survivalists deep in the African jungle... and something else.

    This is a simply beautiful looking film, with vivid locations lovingly photographed, lived-in production and costume design, and directed with emotion foremost, most especially in suspense scenes enhanced by a subtly narrowing aspect ratio. The gradually unfolding mystery is the backbone…

  • Lake Michigan Monster

    Lake Michigan Monster

    ★★★½

    "Ahoy! And salutations! My name is Captain Seafield!"

    $7000. That's the budget for this chiaroscuro phantasmagoria, a campfire tale crossed with Lovecraft, made with the wide-eyed enthusiasm of Ed Wood, shot with the dreamy soft focus black-and-white grain of Guy Maddin, impressing throughout with brilliantly inventive production and effects design (one step up from a school play) and very effective editing.

    Filled with the sort of salty stereotypes and pally humour that generates goodwill toward the entire project, but which falls flat as much as it lands, and at only 80 minutes long, might have been better at closer to an hour.

    Still—$7000. That's impressive.

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  • Post Mortem Mary

    Post Mortem Mary

    ★★★½

    "The most important thing is that they look alive."

    Period Australian horror drama, following a post-mortem photographer, and her young daughter, her protégé. This succeeds admirably on solid production and costume design, with involving music and sound effects, and strong performances - especially Charrington as Mary, the young girl left alone with her first job, a child dead two weeks, who proves a... challenging subject.

    The lighting and direction amp up every moment of suspense, the editing cuts are perfect,…

  • The Gathering

    The Gathering

    ★★

    Despite some fascinating religious and historical background, this is muddled and dissolute storytelling capped with an over-explained ending and painful 'happy ever after' coda.