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  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★

    I've heard it described as a "feel-bad movie". Elusive, illogical, dream-like, uncomfortable psychological horror-comic mystery. The past can come back to haunt you. Guilt or injustice can bring about nightmares, and the entire film might be a bad dream of one of the main characters. Supposing it is for second, it's interesting to speculate if nightmares reduce or increase psychological tension. The religious interpretation is also valid. In Greek tragedy, defiance of the gods (hubris), leads to nemesis. As with…

  • A Life in Waves

    A Life in Waves

    ★★★

    Documentary about the life of pioneering electronic musician Suzanne Ciani. Growing up playing the piano, she atttended Berkeley's music course. Praises her mentor Don Buchla, whom she worked with and learned from. He was an inventor in the field of sound synthesizers. She would go on to form her own company, making the sound effects for movies, commercials, and a pinball game. Later releasing solo albums in the 80s. On 1982's Seven Waves what she was trying to do was…

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  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    ★★★★½

    Could be David Cronenberg's most important, visionary, and ambitious work. A cult film that is disturbing and visually grotesque, so not for the faint of heart.
    Thought-provoking, not least because the film is a window into the future: Freely available information, avatar names, the limits of satisfaction and entertainment, the effects on your surroundings and on the mind of watching violence, sex or torture, and whether entertainment is at the expense of something more worthwhile. Does viewing kill our brain…

  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    ★★★

    So many versions available on YouTube so I decided to go with the official dvd from the library. The score fits well for a thriller and particularly the chase ending stayed with me. I liked the cinematic approach to storytelling, pulling coat up over face, handcuffs, portraits on the walls, and so on. An impressive trick is when the family look up and we see the lodger (worm 's eye view) restlessly walking alone in his upstairs room. Thematically the same old from Hitchcock, this time in silent.