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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    David Cronenberg, affecting the same sense of psuedish aloofness that kills most of his films for me, once opined that Alien “has no metaphysics, no philosophy[...] The creature winds up as a man in a crocodile suit who chases a bunch of people around a room. I think that my own films do a lot more in touching a deep seated nerve, more than the simple reaction that you don’t want a crocodile to eat you. Alien was just a…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    “To grow up as a 'girl' is to be nearly fatally spoiled, deformed, confused, and terrified; to be responded to with falsities, to be reacted to as nothing or as a thing—and nearly to become that thing.” ― Alice Sheldon/James Tiptree Jr.

    Strip away the sci-fi veneer and underneath is grim social realism: a woman desperately attempts to assert her personal identity in the face of a ruthlessly dehumanizing system that reduces people to nothing more than exploitable commodities. Men…

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  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

    Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

    ★½

    DNF

    Watching this shit after a bunch of Herzog docs is like going from a fine wine to a jug of fruit punch from the dollar store

  • My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

    My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

    ★★½

    An indifferently tossed off B-side to Port of Call New Orleans, with a truly hideous DTV color grade. The collision of Lynch and Herzog heightens their differences more than their similarities; aside from their mutual fondness for dwarves and Brad Dourif, only one of them is really a master of form, and it isn't Herzog. What Werner principally brings to the table here are a handful of memorable improvisations atop the story, which he doesn't seem particularly interested in—the best…

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★½

    haha the police joke that they don't torture "ni**ers" no more, they torture "people of color" hahaha xD

    haha Frances McDormand has to go on a date with a midget whaaaaat??? xD

    Have you ever had an aspiring filmmaker friend who's really into stuff like Goodfellas, who is always asking you to read his screenplay and give him feedback, and then you read the screenplay and it's just smarmy Coen Brothers fan fiction with a self-consciously "literary" title, except he…

  • It

    It

    ★½

    "George reached. The clown seized his arm. And George saw the clown’s face change[...]; what he saw destroyed his sanity in one clawing stroke. 'They float,' the thing in the drain crooned in a clotted, chuckling voice. It held George’s arm in its thick and wormy grip, it pulled George toward that terrible darkness where the water rushed and roared and bellowed as it bore its cargo of storm debris toward the sea. George craned his neck away from that…