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  • Goodbye South, Goodbye
  • The Metamorphosis of Birds
  • Under the Silver Lake
  • Short Cuts

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  • Cosmic Ray

    ★★★

  • Five Dolls for an August Moon

    ★★½

  • La Collectionneuse

    ★★★★

  • Nostos: The Return

    ★★★★½

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  • Crimes of Passion

    Crimes of Passion

    ★★★★½

    "The daimon of sexuality approaches our soul as a serpent."

    Eros sits perched above eyeshot, gazing down upon our tumescent, shadowy blazes. Seeking connection, we traipse below the neon—some giveth, others taketh away. Broken hearts heal slowly in the torrid heat of the midnight hour; and slower… slower still, as darkness drags us toward the first grayish glimpses of daylight.

    Desire for a salvation entirely telluric, for what good is a hope for any kind of heaven if there is…

  • Damnation

    Damnation

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    What are we but wilted fruit, washed away by the rain that pounds the porous earth.

    A letter is placed on the counter. It reads:

    “I left you. The hope and thrill of life has now been turned to dust from leaves that have all become brown and fetid. Nothing remains for me to give; a wretchedness so strong that it leaves me dyspneic has overtaken my body, and it’s all because of you and your disconsolate resignation to existence…

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  • Cosmic Ray

    Cosmic Ray

    ★★★

    Tell your momma, tell your pa
    I’m gonna send ya back to Arkansas.”

    America is a commodity. We are The Bomb.

  • Five Dolls for an August Moon

    Five Dolls for an August Moon

    ★★½

    A big mess, but a jazzy, sexy, (overly)twisty and delightfully mod mess. Bava takes Christie to the beach, with visual style to spare and a score that rips. It drags on a bit and it isn’t particularly gory or gripping, but it’s worth seeing for gialli fans as well as of-the-day fashion aficionados. The title and poster are better than the actual film, but if you’re into this type of thing, that’s surely nothing new to you.

    Ranked: Gialli

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  • Nostos: The Return

    Nostos: The Return

    ★★★★½

    “You thought the leaden winter
    Would bring you down forever
    But you rode upon a steamer
    To the violence of the sun”

    Inside him the blazes of three-thousand fires leapt and cracked and plumed, torching the sky as the enemies crowding his footing wreathed and begged in deceased tongues for salvation.

    Through time and tempests weathered, bodies lie bleached and brittle, inert with glacial eyes; how not to wonder if they cried when they met their demise. The caves echo…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    “Hello stranger.”

    A life shaped.
    A longing stayed.
    A love supreme.