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  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation

    Truly damaging to humanity. Do not repeat this. It would have been better for it to have never existed.

  • Smiles of a Summer Night

    Smiles of a Summer Night

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Bergman Boxset begins with a revisit to Smiles. I truly don't remember or understand why I gave this 3.5 stars the first time I saw it. This film is grossly underrated. Here we find Bergman at his most vivid and most effortless, with all of his main themes bouncing around and usually falling into the wrong (right) hands. Somewhere, fellow masterpieces A Day in the Country, The Rules of the Game, Day of Wrath, and Gertrud (later, but still) meet…

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  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★

    Director’s cut screening. Pretty dumb and obvious, yet impotent. We’ve all read books, dude, relax. Von Trier is so full of himself but I can appreciate his going all-in on certain aspects of the visual stylization. The clip show sequence insulted my brain. Your apology is not accepted. Matt Dillon was excellent. Stop letting men make films like this. If I never have to hear a mass of neckbeards in the dark laugh unironically at violent misogyny (satirical or otherwise)…

  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

    ★★★★★

    Exposes a type of suffering that I never thought I would even start to comprehend.