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  • Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
  • Aka Ana
  • Midori
  • Old Stone

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  • The Daughter

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  • Hit the Road

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  • Old Stone

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  • Aka Ana

    Aka Ana

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    "You don't understand the world. You devour it, that's all."

    Phantasmagorical eroticism. Unrelenting seediness. Exotic dancing. Graphic intravenous drug use. Uninhibited sapphic gratification. Bondage. Beastiality. Gaping drug wounds. Group sex. Snippets of raw, unsimulated sexual encounters.

    Here, light doesn't exist. Here, darkness is more than an old friend - it is both sustenance and existence. Here, happiness is fairytale. Here, hope is fable. Here, humans are rendered soulless, living tools manipulated for the sole purposes of quenching furtive, carnal cravings.โ€ฆ

  • Helter Skelter

    Helter Skelter

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    "If I stop being prettyโ€ฆif I stop being popular? Then they'll all leave me. They'll laugh. They'll forget me." - Lilico

    The ultimate commodification of a body tortured to "perfection." Dehumanized vessel of allure subsisting on an addiction to adoration. Human embodiment of unobtainium perpetually subjected to voyeuristic public consumption and monomaniacal gossip fodder.

    This rewatch reaffirms every letter of my initial review that breaks down why this film resonates so deeply with me and why I consider it aโ€ฆ

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  • Old Stone

    Old Stone

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    The mocking adage "no good deed goes unpunished" has never been more befittingโ€ฆor biting.

    I feel like the setting, escalation, and conclusion all act as a microcosm that depicts some of the key flaws with the human collective and the oppressive rules we foolishly allow to govern our fragile and fleeting existence.

    Old Stone interrogates the failure of humans to locate their humanity amidst the barriers and traps associated with uncaring, bureaucratic systems.

    Life is less about "survival of theโ€ฆ

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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    I loved this after the first watchโ€ฆI fell in love with it during this second watch.

    Ain't nothing like watching this Black as fuck film with a majority Black crowd! We laugh in unison. We're in on the inside jokes and "little details." We suck our teeth, talk back, and audibly react together. We rejoice and mourn as one.

    All of the above combined with a far superior screen/theater atmosphere (compared to my 1st watch's shitty, rinky-dink screen/theater ๐Ÿ˜‘) enhancedโ€ฆ

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  • Titane

    Titane

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    Idk, man...I legit don't know what I just saw. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜’

    I'm jealous that so many people are able to enjoy this. For me, though, Titane's particular blend of batshit, bizarre, and bewildering elements didn't resonate with me.

    At no point was I bored, but there were moments of exasperation. I don't think it's "bad," but I was glad when it was finally over.

    I don't hate it. I feel...nothing. I'm utterly indifferent. This wasn't for me. And my indifference is to the point that I don't even care enough to attempt to articulate why it didn't work for me.

    ๐ŸŒŸAdded to Horror Gorge Month 2021 list๐ŸŒŸ

  • Speak No Evil

    Speak No Evil

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    Demons, ghosts, zombies, and all sorts of nightmarish creatures that go bump in the night don't actually exist; however, situated within the context of a well-told, well-executed horror flick, I'm able to suspend disbelief and merrily go along for the ride.

    In Speak No Evil, there are no supernatural creatures. In it, as Sarte asserted, "Hell is other people." However, the story is written/executed in a way that makes it impossible for me to ever get on board. This isโ€ฆ