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i saw the director's cut. it has a very digital look and it's not the aesthetic nostalgia piece i think a lot of people wanted it to be. it's more akin to something like Legion: comic book sensibilities with an affinity for the psychic cinematics of Akira. i mean, it's clear that the, uh, sequel to The Shining was given to a horror nerd who... also likes anime? which isn't completely what i would've imagined coming from the guy who…
Demonlover 2, indeed. There was certainly a sense that Assayas owed to Verhoeven in terms of aesthetics and provocation — hentai and CGI porn essentially mimicking RoboCop's cuts to absurd commercials, or its frankness toward sexual taboo, among other things. This returns here via video game cutscenes, perhaps as a discreet reminder of the director we're dealing with — one who has been largely absent for more than 15 years, save for 2006's Black Book — cutting into a film…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A few years ago, my girlfriend (henceforth "G") and I lived in a pretty nice area close to downtown Portland, Oregon, and we got out a lot more. Because of jobs we found and because it was kind of expensive, we moved further out, and since then we've mostly been homebodies, going to work and coming home to watch movies and occasionally go out to a movie in the neighborhood or to see a band maybe a bit further into…