• The Ice House

    The Ice House

    ★★★★★

    New individuals move in a little way from the rest of the village. They own a spa, they are big on therapies, big on treating. Mysterious new flowers cover the building. In an early line our boy essentially gives an account of The Condition of The Working Class In England 1978. He experiences one man hunched, shivering, as if internally deteriorating - a lady like a statue, posable, hollowed out. He tells the owners a door was locked, they tell…

  • The Secret of My Success

    The Secret of My Success

    Micheal J's mother's milk wet on his face, swaps farm for concrete jungle & falls in love with a girl in a board meeting. The camera doesn't focus his POV onto her, it focuses on the room - he sucks his lip reacting, back to the room - the majesty! the exclusivity! the chance to prove myself to her! The chance to move in.

    The whole deal is seamless transition. Very little conflict. Lot's of gloopy synths [vaporwave? - is that…

  • The Pied Piper of Hamelin

    The Pied Piper of Hamelin

    Never absorbed this enough to fully get the allegory till now & definitely an interesting time for the fable to resurface. We did a primary school play of this way back when. It's interesting now to think about what kids were given which parts. Our chorus was punctuated with fists while sporting torn denim & patches. We were convinced paradise lay just beyond the horizon. Nobody told us we would have to tread water until we got too tired.

    Eric Idle's face…

  • The Music Man

    The Music Man

    Captivating but so sickly. If you look beyond the spectacle it's no real slide from The Pied Piper, Jonestown, Salem's Lot or the Buffy musical episode where everything seems great until they dance themselves into spontaneous combustion. Townspeople one by one start falling under the influence of the public relations man & start to disappear, chanting things like "trouble" all together after the figure encourages them to on his precepts.

    The person who we're meant to warm to calls him out…

  • Beyond the Mat

    Beyond the Mat

    mick foley's wife & daughter approach him, stroke his hair & cling to his shoulder while he's got the mask on backstage & it's everything.

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    The Shop Around the Corner

    a persons whole world could exist on that street. feathery offbeat rom-com w/ snippets of commentary on what i remember wikipedia calling something like "toxic workplace theory" like it never heard of the instability inherent in capitalism. "zipper your mouth m' boy they earned that thar profit margin!" - yelped through someone popping up from behind a wall's chapped Kiwi stained lips. jk wiki is alright

    for a bit it seemed like jimmy was about to walk out of the…

  • Bedlam

    Bedlam

    aka distressing bleakfest '46. power motivations @ gruesome level but don't be mistaken in thinking that the early "oh christ i have to be in here with THESE people" feels, rather than "the true insanity comes from those fellas keeping me (oh maybe all of us!) here under false pretenses" sentiment is a place the film wants you to land on. it doesn't sit for a second that karloff is morally justifiable & scenes that depict the institutionalized people poorly generally…

  • Dark Waters

    Dark Waters

    threat fundamentally comes from more than the character going from safe place to new threatening place. reminds me of another Lovecraftian film called Dagon where there's almost a resonance, this kind of primal frequency that we don't understand doing it's business on us.

    Twin Peaks has a similar thing - in things like how we suddenly land on characters like they were waiting for a cue. like if we hadn't arrived they would just be vessels glitching in silence. maybe…

  • Dark Waters

    Dark Waters

    mysticism of picnic @ hanging rock meets arthouse necronomicon choral argento nightmare moment, with some of the most beautiful photography horror has ever seen

  • The Hidden

    The Hidden

    fbi agent kyle machlachlan's not wearing protective headwear, that's his hair. larry cohen's in the air. it's death race thriller then suddenly "oh there's a giant spider worm climbing out of chris mulkey's face". cocaine 80's heartbeat. fluid identity morphing shopping spree. explosions 'r' us discount sale. poignant mirror-gazing moments of kyle coming to grips with humanity. jason goes to hell stole a lot from this i guess but the pervasive spirit of something else co-opting the human spirit is…

  • Ghost

    Ghost

    In the words of so many theatre-going young adolescent hard boys in 1990 agreeing to go along b/c it promised to be a good date movie and refusing to take their hand away from their face as the lights came up @ the end:

    *sobbing* "IT'S JUST SO EFFECTIVE WITH IT'S ELEMENTS." *sobbing*

  • Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men

    Everyone knows the "..a guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody." bit. I loved that scene in secondary school & i love it now. And thanks to LOST i've had it memorized since like 2008 or something. But for my money there's a bit after it that's just as good, if not better, routinely left out of these things.

    "A guy sets alone out here at night, maybe reading books or thinkin' or stuff like that. Sometimes he gets thinkin',…