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  • Hero and the Terror

    ★★★★

  • First Reformed

    ★★★★

  • The Fanatic

    ★★★★½

  • Midsommar

    ★★★★

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  • Hero and the Terror

    Hero and the Terror

    Why doesn't "The Terror" sexually violate his victims? Would you pluck the delicate petals from a flower before pressing it?

    The current cultural revolution could be made more palatable if films such as this were rediscovered and heralded. Instead of burning down every straight-white-man-made edifice, try restoring a few crumbling bridges to the past where women and men were not sexual combatants in some pornographic American Gladiators set.

    The Terror only wants women as objects. He only kills them to…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    All or nothing. Ibsen's Brand was right. No compromise. The synthesis of antinomies is not wisdom, it is hypocrisy. Extremism is a necessary groping for truth and a sign of growth. Conservatism is a stasis. One is treading water, a swirl of furious activity below the surface, and the other floats along, pulled by any new currents like a bloated corpse until predators pick it apart.

    The church is not Toller's salvation but his bane. His despair is only aggravated…

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  • Weekend at Bernie's

    Weekend at Bernie's

    ★★★★★

    Modernity is not a sickness unto death. It is far worse. Death entails finality. With every meaningful thing accomplished, all that is left is to not die. Protect the body. Any life project must be detached from reality, from danger, and made ironically, like a wonderfully expensive Lichtenstein or this unsolicited review.

    Our role is to never exit the stage. This beach party, this eternal return to the Tiki bar must never end. Action now condensed solely to locomotion, a…

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★½

    The witch cackles at man's impotence and his hubris. As man gazes skyward for transcendence (Jeremiah's levels of ascension), he inevitably tramples on signs of God's immanence on the earthen floor (crushed starlings). Mandy possesses this sublime knowledge not due to any hallucinogenic experience but through her life as an artist. Like knows like. Creator knowing creation. Her keen aesthetic judgement (Jeremiah is just a shitty pop singer) costs her life but saves her soul. But for those us of…