BardocksWing

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experimental/horror/drama/
documentary

Favorite films

  • Paris, Texas
  • Enter the Void
  • Jacob's Ladder
  • The Tatami Galaxy

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  • The Bob's Burgers Movie

    ★★★½

  • Le Samouraï

    ★★★★

  • Angst

    ★★★½

  • High School

    ★★★½

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  • Le Samouraï

    Le Samouraï

    ★★★★

    Love how sleek and simple this was.
    A loner hired hitman has to evade police after a contract killing doesn’t go as smoothly as planned. Police quickly suspect him after several conflicting reports from witnesses.  From there we see a web of intrigue and cat and mouse chases. It follows enough of a straightforward narrative so it’s fairly accessible despite all the choices for sparseness and long periods of silence. The film is cold and majorly deadpan, so what you’ll need…

  • Angst

    Angst

    ★★★½

    Literally the first thought that popped into my head was the Hays Code. Assuming you don’t know, it was the set of regulations placed upon US films in the years of 1934 to 1968. What could be in a film and what could not; one of the most embarrassing stiflings of creative expression ever made. Among the extensive, bureaucratic list a certain rule about violence was this: 
    “All criminal action had to be punished, and neither the crime nor the criminal…

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  • The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

    The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

    Way to go. Unintentionally funny at times, and unlike Tusk where it was fully aware of what it was, this is just crap. Characters are unsympathetic, idiotic and poorly realized. The titular centipede is also laughable.

    If there were one movie I could stop from existing it would be this one.

  • High School

    High School

    ★★★½

    My second Frederick Wiseman film; plainly named “High School.” Documenting the goings on of several classes and encounters in a 1968 school, the cultural snapshot is fascinating and shows how wayward certain attitudes were then, but also what problems have persisted with public education. Through the lens of his cold and clinical camera work, Wiseman takes mundane scenes to make larger social points about authoritarianism and the general ineffectiveness of the American school system. We hear Vietnam, MLK’s assassination and…