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  • Ms .45
  • Raining in the Mountain
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  • The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    ★★★

  • Perfect Blue

    ★★★★½

  • Under Capricorn

    ★★★★

  • Red Rocket

    ★★★½

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  • The Visitor

    The Visitor

    The Visitor defense force activated!!

    The rapturous delirium and outlandish cinematic achievement, "The Visitor", features Shelley Winters, Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, and Sam Peckinpah (acting!). It also features notable genius director John Huston as an intergalactic detective out to save an immensely powerful little shit of a telekinetic eight-year-old girl from the evil psychic alien who has possessed her since birth, in a battle between God and the Devil, with Franco Nero playing the cosmic Jesus Christ. I know... amazing!…

  • Top of the Heap

    Top of the Heap

    ★★★★½

    Christopher St. John plays a soul crushed, selfish, violent black cop. A tool of the racist system he’s been co-opted into. A system that keeps him down no matter how much of himself he invests into it. But he’s also in the midst of an identity crisis free fall. More and more he finds himself slipping into overpowering dreams - hallucinations almost - in which he is the first man ever to land on the moon.

    What an absolute surprise…

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  • The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    The Wolf of Snow Hollow

    ★★★

    It’s like if Wade Whitehouse from the Russell Banks’ novel ‘Affliction’ was investigating a werewolf. But it’s a comedy.

    Ultimately the film leans into a montage sequence construction style so often that it makes it hard for me to sink into any single scene, and so the whole thing felt too slight. However, looking past the weird construction of the film I found an incredibly well done, comedic (but not shallow) character study of a dysfunctional alcoholic cop on a…

  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue

    ★★★★½

    Following Maddy.

    Probably as interesting as the male gaze will ever get (said a dude). A psycho-thriller landmark, especially for animation. And maybe just as ground breaking in its depiction of the internet as a place where the obsessed and the socially dispossessed can construct other versions of the strangers they imagine give their lives meaning.

    Identity in crisis, the emotional toll of those who want to take more from you than you want to give, and the very idea…

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  • Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

    Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

    ★★★½

    There are at least two sure ways to know you're on the right side of history...

    1. The Black Panthers bring you food during your sit in.
    2. The press gives you a bad ass name like "The Occupying Cripple Liberation Army".

    That powerhouse and political force of nature Judith Heumann wasn't on the stage during the signing of the ADA, after all that she did, and instead it was a bunch of white dudes, is the fucking story of civil rights movements in America.

  • The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

    The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

    ★★★★★

    There’s a scene about 515 minutes into this nine and half hour movie where our protagonist, Kaji - having fully made the transition from manager of a Japanese prison labor camp to POW of a Soviet prison labor camp - comes before the Russian management of the camp to answer for his attempts at democratizing the POWs.

    Kaji is, as far as he knows himself, a socialist. Many times throughout the six part filmic cycle he is referred to as…