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  • The Stylist

    The Stylist

    ★★★★

    First film watched on Shudder!!!

    This is a beautiful-looking short with an insanely good gore scene, and it's insightful about an all-important but under-examined aspect of cultural expectations around women's appearances (and very relevant to me as a hair-obsessed person).

    Jill Gevargizian has a bunch of horror shorts under her belt; I hope she has a feature in the pipeline. According to the credits for The Stylist it was partially funded via Kickstarter. I would definitely chuck in some cash for whatever her next project might be!

  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    The Miseducation of Cameron Post

    ★★★½

    I struggled to get my head around the tone of this at first; having seen Appropriate Behaviour a few years ago I guess I was expecting something more boisterous and loaded with gags. Instead this treats the subject matter with a (completely deserved) seriousness, but with a bunch of great jokes thrown in (you kind of have to be listening out for some of them though).

    Chloe Grace Moretz is great, it's good to see Sasha Lane getting more roles…

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  • Night School

    Night School

    ★★★★

    Hugely atmospheric and with a surprisingly specific and expansive sense of place for a modestly-budgeted slasher-adjacent early 1980s film. You get a really strong feel for the film's setting (in grimy Boston, another unusual choice) which makes the horror that much more real and disturbing.

    There were a lot of people laughing at parts of this but I didn't find it campy at all; the script's a bit clunky but the film seems sincerely and seriously intended to be tense,…

  • Ecstasy

    Ecstasy

    ★★★½

    Not just a stunning and sensual female-centred love story but also a heartbreakingly resonant depiction of loneliness.

    (Wasn't expecting that little Communist propaganda sequence at the end there though, wtf was that?)

    Watched with live organ score at Melbourne Town Hall as part of the Czech and Slovak Film Festival.