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  • The Laughing Woman

    ★★★★

  • Salon Kitty

    ★★★★

  • Spiral

    ★★★★

  • Pink Flamingos

    ★★★★★

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  • The Laughing Woman

    The Laughing Woman

    ★★★★

    I was smitten with this 60’s Italian psychosexual romp, with some truly sensuous style and vibes. Kind of an inversion on a lot of themes—sexual and psychological. Dagmar Lassander is a total minx and she is very sly here. My kind of romantic comedy; righteous and naughty.

  • Salon Kitty

    Salon Kitty

    ★★★★

    A moral fantasy dressed up as stylish, prickly artsploitation. Salon Kitty is naive about its revisionist history, but it’s thesis of sex as warfare & the seductive, rotted core of Nazi fanaticism/fetishism is surprisingly succinct, if, incredibly unsubtle. Like Salo, the film is quite accomplished aesthetically in a sense that it seems to have genuinely considered its subject matter, which is as transgressive as it is brazenly clinical about flesh & bodies it parades. It’s consideration of the Nazi’s own fetishes and sexual…

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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    Okay A24--we're done. No more of these half-realized genre pics, technical exercise, calling cards. May Under The Skin remain the only great film you've released(okay and Spring Breakers).

    So what's wrong with Hereditary? It's cynical but not so obviously at first. The first half begins with quite an unexpected plot point and builds upon it with an eerie, grief felt, and almost at the edge of tears/laughter kind of atmosphere. It is refreshing that the film doesn't cheaply go for…

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★

    A24’s The 10th Kingdom

    Lacks any sense of emotional element with any of its human or non-human characters. Just an ornate, auto-masterbatorial collage of “one-perfect shots”, polished and scrubbed of any texture or grit. It’s modern assumptions on the reality of the glories of medieval legends is obvious. Really slacking in the pacing department and then when we finally get to the typical fantasy/anthology film set-pieces, they lack any real sense of wonder. Never weird or sexy or provocative or thrilling. Bog standard choir score and all the forced & whispery performances one could take. 

    Just watch Conquest. You’ve been meaning to anyway.