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  • Spanking the Monkey

    ★★½

  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. II

    ★★★½

  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

    ★★★½

  • Suspiria

    ★★★★½

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  • Spanking the Monkey

    Spanking the Monkey

    ★★½

    The citizen kane of family strokes.

  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. II

    Nymphomaniac: Vol. II

    ★★★½

    Von Trier lays out two options in front of the audience:

    Either, Joe is guilty of every sin, all of which stems from the fact she is essentially the sin of lust incarnate.

    Alternatively, she is guilty of virtually no sin, apart from the one sin of being a woman in a society geared completely against women.

    The reality is clearly somewhere in between and that's where it gets messy.

    This is a masterclass in provocation. It is almost pure…

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  • Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

    Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

    ★★★½

    I was deciding what to watch for my 69th film of the year, and thought I might as well commit to the bit.

    I'll leave a proper review once I've watched Vol II given they're very much not independent films but I will say that I'm a big fan of films using fishing as a metaphor, it makes it far easier for me to understand things.

    Oral sex? 🤔
    Rapala wobbler? 🤠

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★½

    In a lot of the symbolism and the plot at its core Suspiria is an old-fashioned fairytale, a kind of Baba Yaga story.

    On top of that, Dario Argento lays some unbounded avant-garde filmmaking - the goblin score, the art deco set, the incredible use of coloured lighting, horrifying practical effects and make-up - to produce an exceptional modern yet gothic horror.

    Unrestrained and brilliant.