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  • Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

    Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood

    ★★★

    "The film includes salacious stories, but it never feels exploitative. This is partly because it reveals the loneliness of the world Bowers inhabited. It also explores the moralistic streak of those who attack him. Many point to the fact that Bowers has outed people who can no longer “defend” themselves. But this places queerness in a cloud of shame, implying that living family members might be harmed by Bowers’ revelations. Who is really being hurt? The film suggests that staunch critics are far more offended by the idea that a beloved movie star might be gay."

    Read my full review at the National Post: nationalpost.com/entertainment/movies/scotty-and-the-secret-history-of-hollywood-reveals-a-salacious-and-lonely-la-la-land

  • Cielo

    Cielo

    ★★½

    "We project so many things in the sky: deaths, God and myths. You can even say science is up there, too. When you are [in the desert] you have the physical sensation that you are on a planet. I love what Mercedes Lopez, the Spanish scientist in this film, says. She talked about how if everybody in the world could just see a sky like the one that’s in Chile, we would be a little more humble and a little…

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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.