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  • Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds

    Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds

    ★★★

    "Imagine that you think you're gonna live your life one way: get a job, get married, get a 3-bedroom house. And then you discover this...thing about yourself that opens a million new options as to how you can live your life. Suddenly you don't have those milestones that straight people have to compare each other against."

    Like the first film the key strength here is that, completely untethered from the repression and hang-ups of heteronormativity, this is able to be…

  • Stalker

    Stalker

    ★★★½

    I made it a good 90 minutes into this before getting hopelessly lost, which is a fine record for me and Tarkovsky films. Somewhere around minute 15 I was convinced that this was his best film and somewhere around ending #7 I realized that Andrei is just not one of my guys, as much respect as I have for him.

    Good use of color, bad use of chapter headings.

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  • 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…

  • Heart of a Dog

    Heart of a Dog

    ★★★★½

    The unexpected recipe of eulogy, cute animal videos and surveillance culture dread synthesized into the finest cinematic representation of the act of remembering I have ever experienced.

    I don't know nothing about nothing, so it wouldn't surprise me if this is philosophically facile or a misrepresentation of Buddhist beliefs or even Just Plain Dumb, but there is such an emotional immediacy that I never once worried about any of that. I have no spirituality to speak of, no real personal…