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  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★

    There is something about Yorgos Lanthimos' twisted social satires that makes them broadly appealing and even endearing in spite of their cold and emotionless exteriors, and that is an understanding of the profound absurdity of the ways in which we construct relationships and set up barriers to cautiously navigate in order to get fulfillment from them. Lanthimos' method of making us aware of this absurdity is by removing all tact and sensitivity from its characters and their interactions, a technique…

  • Only Lovers Left Alive

    Only Lovers Left Alive

    ★★★★½

    Ugh, this is fucking fantastic, and as a massive Jarmusch fan it's criminal that I've neglected to see it until now. I especially love the dreamlike pace of the first half, with its unsettling but hypnotic soundtrack (reminiscent of that of Dead Man) and eschewing of narrative advancement in favour of painting an exquisite and detailed portrait of the reclusive but romantic lives of its protagonists. We are so slowly and subtly pulled into their world that, despite the fact…

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  • The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

    The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

    ½

    Having just sat through what is almost certainly one of the most disgusting films ever made, and arguing with one person defending it, I have mulled over The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) for much longer than it deserves. My conclusion is very simple: it is a gigantic and messy gore wank.

    About as delightful as having a chunk of dry shit stuck to the hairs on the crack of your ass, this film is an inexorable 91-minute slog through…

  • A Dangerous Method

    A Dangerous Method

    ★★★★

    Michael Fassbender spanking Keira Knightley. Cronenberg knows what his fans want.