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  • Son of the White Mare
  • Blow Out
  • The Cremator
  • Brazil

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  • Portrait of Jason

    ★★★★

  • Scorpio Rising

    ★★★★½

  • Moonstruck

    ★★★★

  • The English Patient

    ★½

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  • Portrait of Jason

    Portrait of Jason

    ★★★★

    Cult Cinema History Screening #5.1:

    Viewed in the context of Parker Tyler's Underground Film.

    Tyler discusses this in relation to the camera's position as voyeur in the Underground, but it equally deals with the performative nature of camp that we've discussed—and the relationship to truth from each of those subjects.

    In this case it's a disturbing realization, to uncover the animosity secretly running beneath the exhaustive, 12-hour long interview, and expose its portrait of "Jason" as flimsy, but also genuine;…

  • Scorpio Rising

    Scorpio Rising

    ★★★★½

    Cult Film History Screening #5.2:

    Viewed in the context of Parker Tyler's Underground Film.

    Assembly of eroticism and art, cult iconography, cultism in everything, suppressed sexuality that leads to violence that leads to fascism, the sex and death surrounding everything, homophobia versus homoeroticism.

    Kenneth Anger says it all without speaking. So many lines you can draw from his imagery it's crazy.

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  • Scarface

    Scarface

    ★★★★½

    JB's review: 8/10
    "Great black-and-white. Well done."

    This film packs a PUNCH! Not just any punch, one of those old movie-punches that knocks the sucker out cold. Scarface moves fast as hell (a ganster film that isn't two and a half hours? Yes please) and sinks into a beautiful chiaroscuro pool of shadow as it does.

    It's incendiary and violent; Howard Hawks could only show it in states with lax censorship. It's complex and rich; not really in the "X"…

  • The English Patient

    The English Patient

    ★½

    JB's review: 7/10
    "The last 40 minutes were very, very good."

    Hmm...I'm very lukewarm on this. The perceived "sophistication" it brandishes only seems to come from its setting—the dress, the accents, the upper class—rather than, say, it's content or form.

    Meanwhile The Notebook (which feels eerily similar) is dismissed to the nosebleeds of low-brow pop. But this wins nine Oscars, Best Picture? It's swollen runtime might convey a sense of grandeur, but is it really full? I don't buy it.…