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  • Summer 1993

    Summer 1993

    ★★★

    Gradually figured out over the course of the film that the main character must be my own age and, though there's obviously no shared cultural nostalgia between this film set in Catalonia and my childhood in Houston, I certainly remember being six years old and always crying and lying and causing problems and wanting to run away and hurt people. I could relate but the film only has the one gear, the 21st-century naturalistic observant hand-held Euro arthouse look that…

  • The Blue Bird

    The Blue Bird

    ★★

    In 35mm

    This sort of disjointed fairy tale basically never ever hooks me, so know that my rating takes into account that there are some absolutely gorgeous shots in this, and not just in a silent film special effect ingenuity kind of way*. That shot of the women from inside the cave or the arrival of the ship blew me away, even after I was way checked out and dozing for most the rest of it.

    And on a personal…

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  • Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

    Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

    "These guys were outrageous!"
    *Cut to cartoon boobs*
    "You couldn't believe the places they would go."
    *Cut to cartoon boobs*
    "I mean, you had never seen anything like it!"
    *Cut to cartoon boobs"

  • Repulsion

    Repulsion

    ★★★★½

    The first hour or so makes up such a perfect anxiety nightmare that it bummed me out when it went a more typical (albeit eventful) route of "her madness is making her KILL!" The Polanski that made me squirm during mundane scenes in Rosemary's Baby purely through the power of his mise-en-scene is multiplied by five here, to the point where it got too much for me and I had to pause the movie to go do chores. Polanski's famous…