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  • Cold Hell

    Cold Hell

    ★★★★

    As much as I adore what Forzani and Cattet have been doing for the recent neo-giallo influx, it's nothing short of invigorating to see a more straightforward callback such as COLD HELL. Nasty, hallucinatory, and chock full of the weird vibrations that came to define the genre during its heyday, this is nevertheless distinctly contemporary in its delivery, and all the better for it; the heroine at the center of its paranoia-laced whodunit remains remarkably resilient against all odds, the…

  • Song of Granite

    Song of Granite

    ★★★★

    Just this past week I had dreamt of an exquisite coastal village populated by a few bad men and a healthy dose of absolutely unreal lighting scenarios; by the latter, I mean that in broad daylight, decaying wood on the side of a fishing shack was enough to illuminate a patch of wild seagrass which would have otherwise been shrouded by shade. I wrote it down as soon as I woke up, prompted to do so when the wine bottles…

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  • I Drink Your Blood

    I Drink Your Blood

    ★★★★★

    "What does it do, that L-whatever-you-call-it?"

    An American Classic. David Durston was fuckin' ON TO SOMETHING. In my alternate universe this is the movie that white people love instead of Forrest Gump.

  • Ratcatcher

    Ratcatcher

    ★★★★★

    Lynne Ramsay understands children. By setting her marvelous debut in Glasgow during the national garbage strike of the mid-1970's, the writer-director ensures that not one of the city's wayward youth has it easy. Many grow up too fast, become sexual deviants, and treat those who refuse to mature at their inappropriately rapid pace as playthings. Such is the case with James, the endearing protagonist, who in spite of all the grime and cruelty of the times is able to look…