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  • Hell's Hinges

    Hell's Hinges

    ★★½

    Mostly a trite propagandistic snoozer, but the third act is basically Old Testament fire and brimstone madness, where our good Christian convert protagonist battles his way out of a burning town full of sinners or whatever. Worth it just to see something so anarchic and weird somehow released on an unsuspecting audience. The inter-titles in this are shockingly poetic at points.

  • The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome

    The Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome

    ★★★★½

    Probably the most non-narrative Anger I've seen, with this feeling more like a sort of free-form religious expression for him than it does much of what we'd probably consider a 'narrative' - and it's all the better for it. Just 30-odd minutes of Anger layering occult image on occult image on occult image until the screen is just a mess of colorful figures and fades and stock footage from L'inferno and runes. It's kind of beautiful.

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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★½

    Still one of the most confident, striking sci-fi visions out there, bolstered by an unholy combination of Scott's keen eye, O'Bannon's sturdy script, and Giger's twisted designs. The world has a real texture and weight to it too, with the Nostromo feeling more believable and tangible than maybe any other setting in sci-fi cinema in a way that's basically porn for me, and represents the very best of 70s sci-fi design (That we have, unfortunately, lost over the years). The perfect organism.

  • The Meg

    The Meg

    ★★½

    Really held back by its PG-13 rating, but The Meg is still some wonderful shlock anchored by a characteristically great Jason Statham and its constant commitment to being ridiculous at every turn. Disposable, but fun!