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  • 3 Women
  • The Asphalt Jungle
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Nosferatu the Vampyre

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  • Tape

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  • Sex, Lies, and Videotape

    Sex, Lies, and Videotape

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    This is a very sexy movie and there's hardly any sex to be had. It's all in words and fetishes, desires and stolen glances. MacDowell and Spader are at their fresh-faced best, each reaching out to the other. It's a moot point on whether or not anyone does the right thing. As long as consent is involved, there is no right or wrong thing when it comes to sex in movies. It's just a matter of how it's framed. It's…

  • Smooth Talk

    Smooth Talk

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    You turn on James Taylor's "Handy Man" twice in one movie and the second time it transitions into the credits end title? Dude I'm fucking sold!

    I like seeing what a mall looked like in the 80s, pre covid. Joyce Chopra knows how to shoot Laura Dern. Treatt Williams is very funny and very scary.Β 

    I don't generally like movies about the teen perspective because I think they either oversimplify things or are rather infantile (embryonic, even, in the most…

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    Cast a Deadly Spell

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    The shit in blender approach to this is good, and the ingredients are great, but the apparatus is broken. There's bits of the blender itself in this shit and I don't want to drink it. At no point are the multiple genres allowed to take over, and Campbell's direction is so heavy handed that everything lands flat and hard. There are no subtle or light touches, everything happens because it needs to. It's a brutal way to direct a film,…

  • Tape

    Tape

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    Plays are so stupid lol, or at least they haven't been really very good since Angels in America. Tape is so fucking unbelievably insultingly stupid, with a similar theme which predates the inanity of Promising Young Woman by a good twenty plus years. Not one of the three characters acts remotely like a normal human. There is simply no subtext which makes sense. I've seen this as a staged reading as well, and of course simple peasant community theatre actors…

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  • Dead Ringers

    Dead Ringers

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    Elegant and off-putting. This is only my second Cronenberg, and it's much more difficult to watch than Eastern Promises which was intense at times but never once did I feel the need to look away. And I'll be honest, I had to make myself keep watching some of this. Mostly because I have a severe aversion to any sort of hospice or medical setting, which is an extremely reasonable phobia to have. The scenes of the bypass or whatever in…

  • Encanto

    Encanto

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    I thought that Coco and Moana were good but that doesn't mean I want to see Disney make the same movie over and over again but with different people groups each time, notching movies like some sort of corporate Thanos collecting woke infinity stones in a (so far successful) attempt at controlling droves of fans to mindlessly defend them at every mild criticism. This is a mishmash of the first two movies I mentioned plus Raya and the Last Dragon…