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  • Serial Experiments Lain

    Serial Experiments Lain

    ★★★★★

    (NOTE: THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE ENTIRE SERIES EPISODE-BY-EPISODE. AS SUCH, SPOILERS ARE PRESENT ALL-AROUND. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED).

    Few series have had their legacy defined by mystique and complete obliqueness like Serial Experiment Lain, delving into complex themes like the nature of reality, identity, and communication just as the internet’s interconnected stream of information began taking the form it takes today. Forming a trifecta of late 90’s anime mindfucks alongside Neon Genesis Evangelion and Revolutionary Girl Utena, a…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    It never occurred to me until now that the Safdie Brothers' style and techniques seem practically tailor-made to the chaotic/intense arthouse trips I love and resonate with. Good Time was a film that I enjoyed yet didn't love even when getting uses to the practically structureless realism of the film, a sentiment I now feel I might have been too hard on considering in retrospective how fascinating a character study on a narcissistic, impulsive robber with selfish tendencies sounds. Admittedly,…

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  • The Cat

    The Cat

    ★★★★½

    About ten months ago, Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky was brought to my attention and proceeded to be a life-changing film that managed to be so over-the-top, so ridiculously entertaining, and somehow immensely creative in its gore, that it immediately shot into a well-earned slot within my favorites films, knowing it'll be something I'd never forget. Curious about director Lam Nai-Choi's other works, I made a brief mention of The Cat at the end of my review for Riki-Oh, citing…

  • David Lynch Cooks Quinoa

    David Lynch Cooks Quinoa

    ★★★★

    Alright, I'll bite. How the hell can David Lynch make cooking Quinoa as beloved of a short film as it seems to be on here, with an average of 4.3, higher than everything he's done that isn't Twin Peaks? I love the man, but surely that's a stretch, right?

    *20 minutes later*

    Davey, what the fuck, man?

    I've said it before, but I absolutely respect and adore David Lynch in all his bizarrisms and quirks, usually hiding away meaning and…

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  • The Watermelon Woman

    The Watermelon Woman

    ★★★★

    As a black lesbian filmmaker, Cheryl Dunye has stuffed her career with unapologetic discussion and dissection on what it means to be black, to be gay, and to be a woman, all in a naturally fierce yet tender presentation for others to join in on the conversation. Even with these distinctions, Dunye's career and influences prove fascinating in practice, as her admiration of experimental works like the metacinema of David Holzman's Diary or the low-narrative structure of Killer of Sheep

  • Hard Times

    Hard Times

    ★★★★

    Before The Warriors made their way back home, before The Driver ever made a living in getaways, there were Hard Times, ya dig? Of course, the journey for Walter Hill's first turn in the directing chair couldn't exactly be called as such, as he was able to ride the shooting star to success with scripts from two beloved crime films, Hickey & Boggs and The Getaway, as well as two Paul Newman thrillers, that assured executives he could deliver the goods.…