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  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • Breaking the Waves
  • Holy Motors
  • Werckmeister Harmonies

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  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    ★★

  • Coma

    ★★★½

  • Freaky

    ★★★

  • Ah Girls Go Army

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  • Clifford the Big Red Dog

    Clifford the Big Red Dog

    My review for In Review Online:

    When moviegoers go to the movies, they typically do so with certain expectations: to be entertained, to feel something, to unwind from reality and escape into fantasy, to derive, in short, some utility from the experience greater than that if they had not. Before we criticize this observation as a fool’s errand in attempting to rationalize artistic jouissance, or lament its lack of inclusivity (there are those, after all, who will visit their local…

  • Sucker Punch

    Sucker Punch

    ★★★★½

    Where to start with this film? To those previously unacquainted with Zack Snyder's works (like myself, having somehow avoided even his superhero ones), a foreboding mythos looms over them like an irresistible spectre, enticing and repelling in equal captivating measure. Likewise, one tends to find it difficult to separate, or at least distinguish between, the strands of ironic critique and sincere commentary that prove so characteristic of his dialectical engagement. It's terrifyingly problematic for the uninitiated viewer suddenly thrust into…

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  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    Texas Chainsaw Massacre

    ★★

    The sort of film that quickly awakens one to the adage that all publicity is good publicity, except here it’s somewhat modified: all criticism, at the hands of studio IP, belies the greater workings of the attention economy. Cue the Gen Zs, gentrified types, generational commentary; though indeed occasionally revealing, most of these aren’t fresh off the boat per se, having merely been iterated from earlier, more subliminal, and — at the risk of sounding like a classicist — mostly…

  • Coma

    Coma

    ★★★½

    A cautiously, radically hopeful film despite its zeitgeist; when dreams, for all their perverse appropriation into reality, still offer a path through it. Sharpened existentialism.

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  • Bergman Island

    Bergman Island

    ★★★★

    The quintessential Swedish film: Bergman, saunas, ABBA.

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★★

    There’s nothing quite like this one. Kaufman at his most unrestrained, unconscious, unsettling: a Lynchian tapestry of all the unease that comes with existing, alone or with another — or both at once. The recesses go deeper, time seems to distillate into a synchronic eternal, compartments unfold and box themselves into storage spaces in the mental warehouses and psychological manifolds of an always-already societal symbiosis: of relationships, interactions, hierarchies, memories, co-habitating spaces and minutes. I’m Thinking of Ending Things synthesises…