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  • Cannibal Holocaust
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  • The Funhouse

    ★★★★

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  • Spree

    Spree

    ★★★★

    “Cinema’s role [in the 20th Century] was to capture and to store visible reality. The difficulty of modifying images once they were recorded was exactly what gave cinema its value as a document, assuring its authenticity”
    -Lev Manovich, "What is Digital Cinema?" in Post-Cinema: Theorizing 21st Century Film

    Spree reminds us rather immediately that this needed an amendment: all the "visible reality" stored by celluloid only accounts for the mere existence of the onscreen indices themselves, but that celluloid cannot…

  • Opera

    Opera

    ★★★★★

    what do opera and metal have in common? technical bravado may seem like a good answer but i think a better one is overwrought theatrics. and not theatric simply meaning "of the theater" but theatric meaning presentation usurping content to such a degree that what it is means next to nothing while how it is means nearly everything. and this is why the intelligibility of lyrics (in delivery and actual language sung) is not even an afterthought, but something deliberately…

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  • The Funhouse

    The Funhouse

    ★★★★

    my mom has, somewhat miraculously, been allowing me to select horror movies for us to watch. but I think I may have crossed a line with this one.

  • X

    X

    Ti West does not possess a great ability for dialogue or narrative in general, but on a purely imagistic level, I cannot deny that he knows his shit. One can tell that he does have a legitimate appreciation for the work that he is aping, which is a lot more than you could say for pretty much everybody else making A24 horror films. That said, A24's tendencies for thematic egotism and aesthetic hot air do pop up here and there.…

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  • Jack and Jill

    Jack and Jill

    ★★★★★

    Adam Sandler's biting satire of post-9/11, American, capitalist, consumerist culture. Sandler is clearly drawing from a vast and varied collection of sources to create this subversive narrative, the film contains hints of everyone from Jorge Luis Borges to Aristophanes. Sandler's slyly hilarious comedy is a brilliant celebration of one's own identity (particularly, gender and ethnicity) in the face of the increasingly repressive and xenophobic state of world politics, in fact, with each passing year, this film only grows in its…

  • Jennifer's Body

    Jennifer's Body

    ★★★★½

    TRIGGER WARNING

    A rape-revenge movie disguised as a high-school horror comedy. But really, is disguise even an appropriate word?

    How obvious is it that the stabbing of Jennifer in the woods is a metaphor for rape? Just like the lead character of I Spit On Your Grave (who, by the way, is also "coincidentally" named Jennifer), Jennifer is restrained by a group of men in the woods who then abuse her, thrusting foreign objects into her body. The primary difference…