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  • The Grudge

    The Grudge

    ½

    Starting off 2020 with likely the worst movie I will see this year. Terrible.

  • Lords of Chaos

    Lords of Chaos

    ★★

    The "Early Norwegian black metal scene" Wikipedia page is more compelling than this. I appreciated some of the humor (these kids were "authentic" in the same way G.G. Allin was; i.e. not at all), but it goes off the rails fast, and those hyper-stylized pseudo-edgy montages were much closer to nu-metal than black metal.

    At least it pissed Varg off, tho

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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…

  • Through the Looking Glass

    Through the Looking Glass

    ★★★★

    (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…