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movies that are sordid little grief holes

Favorite films

  • Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream People Call Human Life
  • Archangel
  • King and Country
  • The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea

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  • Clue

  • The Daytrippers

  • Red Dust

  • The Love Parade

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  • Old Czech Legends

    Old Czech Legends

    If you want to watch a film that makes you feel like a noble child, sat on the floor of a palace, watching with rapt attention the finest puppeteer that ever lived, this is the film to do it.

    Trnka brings his figures to life with such grace and dignity, such solemn beauty, that it is difficult not to give your heart to them. This film feels archaic even in its function; I do not know a child that could…

  • Amadeus

    Amadeus

    DRUGS SUCK IT UP LIKE VANILLA ICEYS DONT TREAT ME ROUGH TREAT ME REALLY NICEYS

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  • Face

    Face

    i love so much when big black coats make negative space.. Bird ups the ante by adding gloves to that equation.. a man made up of the white stripe of his cuff peeking out of his sleeve and the love heart shaped blood stain on his chest.. crushingly emotional film, probably moreso on rewatch so i shall rewatch soon.. absolute all timer for clothes in movies, wes anderson eat your heart out.. many scenes that in retrospect are absolutely insane…

  • Gold Diggers of 1933

    Gold Diggers of 1933

    There's a moment early on where Joan Blondell calls her roommates to confirm that there's a show being put on and they may have a chance of getting jobs, and those few seconds of her on the verge of desperate tears (not of excited hysteria but almost fear that she may be wrong) are so convincing I welled up a bit myself. Gold Diggers of 1933 is a comedy and a pretty funny one, but those moments of terrified, miserable desperation, culminating in that haunting final sequence are quite heavy. Bummer of a great film.

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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    midsommar obviously had very lofty ambitions and it missed the mark completely. it manages to be bloated and paper thin at the same time... it's like a big ugly mcmansion. a rape here, a suicide there, trauma at the front, allusions to white supremacy at the back. it digs up all these touchy subjects and arranges them as ari aster pleases, no real thought or meaning behind them it seems. some milquetoast effort made to link them together. all these…

  • King and Country

    King and Country

    A group of soldiers in shiny rain capes beat the chest of a dead horse with shovels in order to force the rats eating its guts to crawl out of a slit in its side. They catch one of the rats, hold it in a little cage, and put it on trial- accused of biting one of their ears. The rat is found guilty and they stone it to death.

    Mud, rain, blood, shit, piss... This film is permeated with…