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  • No Skin Off My Ass

    No Skin Off My Ass

    ★★★★

    "The whole goddamn world is a fag!"

    John Waters is the obvious touchstone here. However, there's a sweetness closer to the surface in No Skin than Waters' early work. Waters' movies are the violent proto-punk to No Skin's kinky post-punk.

    The characters in Waters' movies form a blanket counterculture that revels in all things queer and criminal. They literally weaponize their outsider status, carrying out murder sprees and rattling off litanies of perversions both real and imagined. They exist to…

  • The Watermelon Woman

    The Watermelon Woman

    ★★★★½

    I've had this on the back burner of my watch list for a couple of years now. I can't believe it took me this long.

    It's interesting watching this movie nearly twenty years out. Watermelon Woman is a movie about disappearing histories and very nearly met the same fate as its fictional subject, relegated to a half forgotten footnote. Familiar only to the weird or obsessed. Hopefully the recent restoration will change some of that.

    This stands out as one…

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  • Lenny

    Lenny

    ★★★★

    Lenny is one of the very rare biopics that's able to show why the subject is worth our time instead of just telling us about it. Moreso than most showbiz biopics this understands performance.

    Hoffman is fantastic in the lead and more than just looking like Lenny, he captures the energy and charisma that keeps seeing or hearing those old comedy routines interesting even if the jokes themselves are a couple of decades past their prime.

    The black and white is beautiful, the faux documentary elements effective, and that long static shot of an on stage breakdown is brilliant.

  • The Poet and the Professor

    The Poet and the Professor

    Mediocre men, the short film.

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  • The Wolf House

    The Wolf House

    This is a difficult film to rate especially when many of the references ended up going right over my head. The Wolf House is the story of Colonia Dignidad told through a fairy tale/nightmare about a girl who takes up residence in an abandoned house while running from a wolf.

    Colonia Dignidad was a compound in Chile that for decades housed a cult led by Paul Schafer, a German who fled his country to escape charges of pedophilia. The colony…

  • The Little Hours

    The Little Hours

    ★★

    Could have used more witches and turtles but that holds true for most movies.