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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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  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    ★★★★½

    Episode 5
    America as a sprawling wasteland of foreclosed tract homes, drug addiction, sexual assault, prisons, crackpot conspiracy theorist grifters and their gullible viewers. Unforgettable images: the disturbing morph of Frank Silva's features onto Kyle Maclachlan's in the jail cell mirror; that euphoric shot of Amanda Seyfried as the cocaine kicks in.

    Episode 6
    "I WILL BE THINKING OF YOU WHILE I AM DRINKING THIS—thank you, sweetheart—FINE BORDEAUX." The Gordon Cole hearing aid shtick is never not funny. The reveal…

  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    ★★★★½

    Episodes 3-4: Feature Edit

    DUGE LV

    The only thing I wish Lynch had expanded on in The Return is just what poor Diane went through being trapped for twenty years in another dimension disguised as an eyeless Asian woman. Also Meg Foster showing up in a cameo is cool, but Lynch could have really utilized her and those otherworldly irises as some sort of unsettling Lodge being.

    "WHAT THE HELL"

    These two episodes are Lynch at his most personally indulgent—he…

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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…