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  • The Grand Bizarre

    The Grand Bizarre

    This is infinitely more satisfying than Wasteland No. 1, but ultimately still doesn't pass into the realm of what I'm looking for out of cinema. Which is fine! I don't need everything to!

    Compulsively watchable and joyous nonetheless, the music is ridiculous and a bit too whimsical for my taste but it works for what it is. My main complaint here is that the editing isn't dynamic enough to become transformative--which is honestly what I think this would need to…

  • The Woolworths Choir of 1979

    The Woolworths Choir of 1979

    A brilliant understanding of rhythm and editing elevate something that seems slight into something truly fascinating. The highpoint comes via the literal oppressive hell of a pop music audio/video collage in the center but the denoumont of pure destruction as an aftereffect seems just as necessary as the affect. Immensely tense for what is arguably an exercise in the postmodern essay, but it's really fucking good!

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  • Threshold

    Threshold

    ★★★★

    It severely bugs me that the dominant form of film in 2016 is a mode of narrative film-making (& film criticism, & understanding of film, & viewing habits of film) that derives explicitly from the confines of late-capitalism. When viewers think that acting is the most important thing in a film, the producers can capitalize on that by creating a star system in which familiarity & hegemonic style is read as "objectively good" while unfamiliarity & variant style is read as "bad acting." Similarly,…

  • #Horror

    #Horror

    ★★★★

    If you want a point of comparison I would posit a vague similarity to the extreme stylization of movies like Detention or Bad Kids Go To Hell, or other underrated movies specifically about (& perhaps for) teens made in the last few years. I mean, granted, this sort of takes that impetus and injects it into the contemporary art world via rich East Coast art dealers/socialites, and yeah it's fucking weird that every shot in the house the majority of…