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  • Querelle
  • Dracula
  • The Piano Teacher
  • Benediction

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  • Beauty and the Beast

  • When the Wind Blows

  • The Boy Friend

    ★★★★½

  • A Nightmare

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  • When the Wind Blows

    When the Wind Blows

    I was introduced to the work of the late Raymond Briggs at a very, very young age through another Jimmy T. Murakami film adaptation, The Snowman, but it’s this decidedly less kid-friendly movie, which my dad showed to me at the slightly older age of—I don’t know, nine or ten or eleven—that made the strongest impression on my consciousness. Back then it was the final reel’s deeply haunting slow-mo spiral of nuclear horror that impacted me most deeply. The power’s still…

  • The Boy Friend

    The Boy Friend

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely grotesque, alienating, and exhausting. A Ken Russell picture!

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  • LA Plays Itself

    LA Plays Itself

    Essentially positions sadomasochism as the universal constant. Idyllic sex in natural paradise, where roles are freely exchanged and the bodies of the performers dissolve into flowers, is but a fleeting fantasy: brutal domination, in this case by merciless bulldozers, is always quick to follow. Linked by a sinister shot of an American flag flapping over the devastated wasteland—released during the Vietnam War, this cruelty plays out on a national scale too—we move into the city, where fucking is rough and…

  • Querelle

    Querelle

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Perhaps love is a den of killers.

    It’s brilliant, it’s beautiful, it’s sad, it’s scary, it’s disastrous, it’s perfect, it’s my favorite film. Watching Querelle fills my heart with joy and gives meaning to my life. I fall in love with it more every time I see it (this is my fourth). And yet still I have difficulty putting words to this love; much like Salò, trying to tackle what makes it so important to me feels like a gargantuan task…