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  • Parents

    Parents

    ★★★½

    Hoop-tober 4.0 - 8 of 31

    Oh, the suburbs! Always hiding everything behind a smile. I kept thinking about "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" for some reason, even though "Parents" works more like a black comedy. The way the camera frames the interior of the house. I could almost hear the sound of the ceiling fan welcoming the boy. And the relationship between those three, ready to burst into violence at any moment.

  • Mother Joan of the Angels

    Mother Joan of the Angels

    ★★★★

    Hoop-tober 4.0 - 7 of 31

    "You only want me to be calm, colourless, small. To be like any ordinary nun."

    Replace "nun" by "woman" and that could be a shot out to the power of patriarchy.

    Let's face it, nuns can be scary. Ok, not exactly scary, but unsettling. Their posture is so predictable that they become unpredictable by any movement that goes against it. By that account they can be a great vessel for horror.
    Possessed nuns swirling around the convent halls. Their bodies leaning on the floor, taking the shape of a cross. Gorgeous cinematography that leaves us with memorable images.

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  • Eyes Without a Face

    Eyes Without a Face

    ★★★★

    Hoop-tober 4.0 - 2 of 31

    "Eyes Without a Face" exhibits a notion of identity behind an unrecognizable face. It's funny that this one was released in the exact same year as "Psycho", seeing how they both have a woman driving at night with a secret in the backseat. Georges Franju's film is meticulously shot, purposefully avoiding a frame that could reveal that "nonface" too early in the game. The suspense is subtle, organic, never once feeling the need to…

  • Day of the Dead

    Day of the Dead

    ★★★★

    Hoop-tober 4.0 - 3 of 31

    While it lacks the sense of humour of the previous one, "Day of the Dead" compensates with some good bottled-up tension that eventually finds the barrel of a gun. It shows us the state of the post-apocalyptic world though in a smaller scale, never forgetting its characters and their privations. Dr. Logan should've taught him how to use that toothbrush though. There's no need for him to be dirty.