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  • Wings of Desire
  • A Night at the Opera
  • Harold and Maude
  • From Beyond

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  • Dracula Sucks

    ★★★

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    ★★★★★

  • The Psychic

    ★★★★½

  • Charade

    ★★★★★

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  • Bijou

    Bijou

    ★★★★★

    Bijou isn't really a film. It's an experience.

    Everything that director/writer/cinematographer Wakefield Poole presents onscreen in the course of 75 minutes is part of a complete thought, a fully realized idea. Certain works are especially revered by devotees of the Golden Age of Porn, and while some could arguably be better than others, Bijou remains one of the era's greatest achievements - at least in the gay adult canon - because Poole's creative sensibilities elevate this production to the realm…

  • Crimes of Passion

    Crimes of Passion

    ★★★★★

    "What do we have if we can't be honest with each other?"

    (Previous review here.)

    Deep in the neon fever dream, there exists a New World.

    Rick Wakeman's Dvořák-infused score for Crimes of Passion is but one part of why this is probably Ken Russell's masterpiece, at least to my eyes. It's the most audacious and outrageous, kind of hilarious, gloriously erotic, utterly terrifying, deliriously distasteful and occasionally heartbreaking drop off into (totally, easily watchable) madness, and that's saying a…

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  • Dracula Sucks

    Dracula Sucks

    ★★★

    "There are far worse things awaiting man than death."

    Women Film Editors #81: Nettie Peña

    (Previous review here.)

    When Troy Howarth referenced Dracula Sucks in the commentary track for Lucio Fulci's The Psychic/Murder to the Tune of the Seven Black Notes (1977), it seemed only appropriate to follow up with a return that X-rated vampire horror flick from director Phillip Marshak. Upon rewatch, I have to admit that I rated it way too highly last time - much of the…

  • Man with a Movie Camera

    Man with a Movie Camera

    ★★★★★

    "Any movie that you love, chances are it was directed by a man, edited by a woman. Which means a woman directed it. That's what that means. Literally, name a movie." (Patton Oswalt, Talking for Clapping, 2016)

    Women Film Editors #80: Elizaveta Svilova

    In the same way that a city symphony does not come alive without the participation of the place's inhabitants, observing those wonderful bodies moving in every rhythmic permutation, so too does a film develop from the collective…

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  • On the Town

    On the Town

    ★★★★½

    "Do you know where we can hide?"
    "Sure, I know a place right across the Brooklyn Bridge where they'll never find us."
    "Where is it?"
    "Brooklyn!"

    Remember when I wrote about the unexpected allure of William Friedkin's Bug? Add another one to the list: Gene Kelly and Vera-Ellen's sensual barre dance in the "A Day in New York" ballet has held that same fascination over me since childhood. A symphony in black, white and red; shadows whirling across the wall.…

  • The Wrong Trousers

    The Wrong Trousers

    ★★★★★

    "That's quite enough! You'll be hearing from my solicitor about this!"

    Women Film Editors #77: Helen Garrard

    Last November, I wrote that Nick Park's claymation magnum opus The Wrong Trousers is "a perfect crime story," combining every element you could possibly want in both a heist narrative and a Wallace & Gromit comedy. But it's also a film deservedly admired for its swift energy, all packaged in a brisk half-hour; as fans well know, this success is never more apparent than…