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  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Midnight
  • Lady Snowblood
  • Despair

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  • Fantastic Planet

  • Toys in the Attic

    ★★★

  • Female Trouble

    ★★★★★

  • Valentino

    ★★★½

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  • Mahler

    Mahler

    ★★★½

    Compared to a Ken Russell film like Lisztomania, Mahler feels downright normal, though it has its moments of bizarre visual splendor and political provocation that are what Russell is probably best known for today. Perhaps because of his penchant for maximalism through Christian iconography, perverse displays of sexuality, and silent cinema aesthetics, the more tempered but equally as strong and impactful side of Russell's work that is rooted in 19th and early 20th century literary and musical movements gets less…

  • Walking a Tightrope

    Walking a Tightrope

    ★★★

    I stumbled across Walking a Tightrope on Criterion Channel a few nights ago after looking into the Nikos Papatakis programming available on the service right now, which totally slipped by me whenever his films became available on the Channel for watching, but when I saw Walking a Tightrope starred Michel Piccoli, I had to press play immediately. This marks my 56th Michel movie, which means I've gotta be getting close to being the world's foremost expert on Michel's filmography.

    There's…

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  • Toys in the Attic

    Toys in the Attic

    ★★★

    I watched this four years ago when I went through my glorious Dean Martin obsession, and I had absolutely no expectations going into it the first time I watched it (besides probably some trepidation due to the poster) and I was very surprised by the strange Southern Gothic story. I was not expecting an incestuous obsession to be central to the film's plot, or for Dino to star in a movie like this. He feels a bit out of place,…

  • Valentino

    Valentino

    ★★★½

    Is this really about Valentino? No. But Russell certainly used Valentino as a fantastic excuse to explore the decadence and viscera of 1920s Hollywood, and I'd rather a biopic do that than try to unsuccessfully tell me an important person's abridged life story.

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  • Hollywood

    Hollywood

    ½

    There is a throwaway line in Hollywood where Ernie, hoping the film he's starred in will win Best Sound Editing, is frustrated when that Oscar actually goes to Body and Soul. He calls Body and Soul "that piece of shit".

    Hollywood is built around self congratulatory masturbation for its creators. Lord knows how proud Ryan Murphy must be for rewriting Hollywood history in an attempt to give a voice to Black men and women, Asian-American women, and gay men who…

  • The Housemaid

    The Housemaid

    ★★★

    The Housemaid is basically only male anxiety. Male anxiety about what would happen if women treated men like how men treat women (systemically not individually). Our main male character is technically in the position of power as a patriarch and a teacher, and when his power goes unchecked, his world is safe and normal. But as soon as a student is inappropriate to him, his grip on male power (specifically sexual dominance) disappears. He is the one being desired inappropriately.…