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  • Novitiate

    Novitiate

    ★★★

    "Tension of all kind ripples through the cavernous halls of this abbey, and even for those unfamiliar with the strange peculiarities of Catholicism, the film has a way of drawing out how essential and ultimate everything is within the strict confines of a religious order. All feeling is presented as life and death and in some ways, it is. The film’s treatment of sexuality borders on nunsploitation, but Betts avoids common pitfalls of the genre by structuring desire as something…

  • Blind Husbands

    Blind Husbands

    ★★★★

    A lecherous gaze drawn out into a feature-length parable about desire and power. The monstrosity of wanting and to be wanted.

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  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★★½

    Birdman was pretty good, some cringe-worthy moments but overall it has some incredible technique and packs a powerful punch. I don't see the strength of the film having very much to do with art or theatre at all, I think it works best as a festering portrait of male impotent rage: The dangerous obsession with the self and how it destroys nearly everyone in its path. This awful symptom of maleness that is more concerned with legacy and influence than…

  • The Lords of Salem

    The Lords of Salem

    ★★★★½

    Difficult to put into words the visceral impact and sadness of The Lords of Salem. One viewing doesn't quite seem enough to put all the pieces together, as Zombie puts together a horror film so unlike any horror I've ever seen. The brutality of Sheri Moon's performance hits me in the fucking gut, and without ever having dealt with addiction, the film feels like a pained, strung out journey into the abyss. Some great female power, and a bone-chilling soundscape are icing on the cake.