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  • Y Tu Mamá También
  • Blade Runner
  • Under the Skin
  • Eraserhead

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  • Elsa the Rose

    ★★★½

  • The Audition

    ★★½

  • Pig

    ★★★

  • Hua yang de nian hua

    ★★★

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  • The Hunt

    The Hunt

    ★★★½

    This is so damn fun. At first I was disturbed by the light-hearted nature of the film's violence but once I knew what I was in for I had a great time. The kills are fun and there are some big laughs throughout.

    Some of the dialogue is hilarious ("we're gonna be on Hannity like them jew-boys who got Nixon") but other times it can be a bit cringe. The dialogue is often just caricatures of the American culture war…

  • Zola

    Zola

    ★★★★½

    I haven't read the source material, but I thought this was fantastic. It somehow balances being hilarious, terrifying, and a great portrait of the seedy underbelly of America. The soundtrack choices and inclusion of Vine as a running joke organically set the film in a very distinct time and place.

    The aesthetic in general is incredible. Ari Wegner's 16mm cinematography and Mica Levi's dreamy score are both top notch. And now I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for whatever…

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  • Cutter's Way

    Cutter's Way

    ★★½

    The first 10 minutes are great! Nina van Pallandt looks great, Jack Nitzsche's score is cool as hell, and Jordan Cronenweth's cinematography is top notch. That guy really knew how to shoot a nighttime scene in the rain. But it was all downhill after John Heard threw his cane into a neon sign at that dive bar. John Heard truly gives one of the most ridiculous performances this side of Nicolas Cage in Vampire's Kiss. Sadly, unlike Vampire's Kiss, it…

  • Rock 'n' Roll High School

    Rock 'n' Roll High School

    ★★★

    The whimsical elements of the movie are really the best parts (the mouse, the paper airplane, Eaglebauer's office, etc.). The rest of it alternates between being boring (Tom), cliche (Togar), or creepy (the hall monitors and Eaglebauer).

    Also, is there anything less punk rock than wearing a US Marines shirt and supporting Ronald Reagan? At least Joey Ramone was cool. RIP.

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  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    This movie actually dogwhistles the insane conspiracy theory that Jewish people (aka "globalists") run world finance. And not from the perspective of the characters, but from the perspective of the narrative, and therefore the perspective of Zahler. This movie's ideological point-of-view is shockingly far-right. Also, the women have no character beyond creating melodramatic and cliched backstories for the male leads. It also tries to justify police brutality by essentially presenting a straw man argument. Aside from those horrific things (and…

  • Nosferatu the Vampyre

    Nosferatu the Vampyre

    ★★★½

    Cult Movie Challenge Week 2: Gothic Horror Week

    *I watched the German-language version of the film.

    I liked the second half of the film much more than the first half. Some bits are quite stagey and unconvincing, especially towards the beginning, but overall I thought the film was pretty creepy, particularly in the second half when it becomes a bit more surreal and even has a bit of Herzog's weird comedic tone at times. I think Isabelle Adjani's character is…