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  • Through the Looking Glass

    Through the Looking Glass

    ★★★★½

    (Hardcore Version)

    Describing this to a friend, I said it works against titilation in an almost defiant way, despite its classification as an adult film from the Golden Age and a significant amount of the running time devoted to hardcore sex. Even ostensibly "erotic" moments are contextualized into a narrative of trauma, incest and repressed horror. Of the many bizarre decisions made by Middleton, Catherine's masturbation scene into her childhood mirror, the portal to her damaged psyche, is the first…

  • Kuso

    Kuso

    ★★

    Counterfeit midnight movie.

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  • 20,000 Days on Earth

    20,000 Days on Earth

    ★★★

    *I didn't offer any strong critique in this write-up for The Seventh Art, but I'm pretty disappointed with 20,000 Days on Earth. Nick Cave is one of my favorite songwriters, yet I found his vanity in the film somewhat suffocating (even if it is a performance, technically). I just saw Cave live two months ago, and it was a wonderful, frightening experience. If only the film captured some of that vitality.

    Nick Cave, over a decades-spanning career, has somehow managed…

  • Wild at Heart

    Wild at Heart

    ★★★★★

    It's always striking to watch how tuned in to each performer Lynch is. A few of my favorite moments: Juana's (Grace Zabriskie) dead-eyed introduction and subsequent orgiastic freakout; Willem Dafoe’s repugnant Bobby Peru grinning like a mule post-robbery in close-up; Diane Ladd’s lipstick mask reveal as Marietta Fortune; Jack “00 Spool” Nance raving a tale of his dog to Sailor and Lula (“I have not told you the type of dog which I have!”).

    These characters are some of the…