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  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★★★

    Far & away the best film I’d never heard of. Amazing, though not sure if I could ever rewatch it. Everything felt incredibly real, partly because some of it actually was, having read some details about the filming. I sympathize for the main actor, who did an amazing job, but it must have been beyond a grueling experience.

  • Luz

    Luz

    ★★★★½

    This was so good. Came out of nowhere to me, totally unexpected. Amazing for a debut, cinematography & sound design are great. Felt a little Kubrickish at times, in a good way. The “plot” lagged a tiny bit towards the middle, but it’s very short & not a big deal. Hope the director gets a decent budget for next film, this one seemed to slide under the radar. His short film is definitely worth a watch too, on youtube.

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  • Wake in Fright

    Wake in Fright

    ★★★★½

    A bit like Deliverance in the outback, I guess. But way more intense from start to finish. Really surprised this isn’t more well known, though it’s not a pleasant viewing experience to say the least. There’s an odd kind of sickly tension that grabs you from the beginning & never really lets up. Fever dream would be one way to describe... not a horror genre flick per se, but the unrelenting toxic masculinity in this gets pretty terrifying. 

    The director also apparently has the most widely varying oeuvre ever, went on to make Rambo & Weekend at Bernies. Fascinating career trajectory.

  • The Love Witch

    The Love Witch

    ★★★

    The production design is brilliant, but aside from that I don’t really get the fuss over this. It has a sort of kitschy deadpan vibe that I liked at first, but it got old pretty quickly.