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  • The Blackcoat's Daughter

    The Blackcoat's Daughter

    "The movie could easily be a sister film to last year’s "The Eyes of My Mother," another horror that failed to wow me. While many of the similarities are superficial, both films are about young women gripped with bloodlust due in part to alienation, and they also build their horror through aesthetics. The comparison also serves to highlight that while this film was lacking for me, there is an art-house horror audience that thrives on these stories and feels compelled…

  • Reflections in a Golden Eye

    Reflections in a Golden Eye

    ★★★

    "Cast in golden hues, much of the film is seen through the gaze of the mostly silent observer – an army private, Private L.G. Williams, played by Robert Forster. A kind of horse whisperer who finds himself the central object of Welden’s desire, he represents the proud, beautiful but otherworldly figure of temptation. The golden eye, invoked by way of the drawing of a peacock, is a means of suggesting that this world is the mirror image of reality rather…

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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.