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November 17, 2022

Wenzel Storch’s Bizarre Journey Into Bliss

In 2004, German artist Wenzel Storch wrote, directed, filmed, and produced A Journey Into Bliss or Die Reise ins Glück. For some critics, this raises […]
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November 6, 2022

Frauke Finsterwalder’s Finsterworld

Finsterworld begins by setting up several seemingly unconnected storylines. Over time, they begin to overlap and eventually collide. Each story delves deeply into the emotional […]
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October 30, 2022

Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia’s Darkly Atmospheric H.

H. is a quiet film. Not very much happens, but it isn’t slow. It’s a tense mystery that builds gradually and never relents. H. summons […]
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October 23, 2022

Pascual Sisto’s Unnerving First Film, John And The Hole

It's hard to pin down exactly why John And The Hole is such a disturbing film, but it has something to do with the main […]
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October 17, 2022

Elevator Girls in Bondage You’ve Heard of Warhol, and Waters, Have You Heard of The Cockettes?

Elevator Girls in Bondage is an artifact from the San Francisco radical revolutionary scene of 1972. It is the product of a radical queer group […]
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October 12, 2022

Govindan Aravindan’s Kummatty: The Beauty Is In The Telling

There is nothing you could change or tweak to improve Kummatty. It functions on its own terms and succeeds in producing something simple and beautiful. […]
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October 5, 2022

What Can You Say About The Imp-Probable Mr. Weegee?

Weegee the film is a good bit like Weegee the man. Neither one is easily quantified or categorized. Arthur Fellig who renamed himself Weegee was […]
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September 25, 2022

 Dave Markey’s Two Punk Movies About The Lovedolls 

Desperate Teenage Lovedolls is a piece of shit, but that’s what it wants to be. It’s a punk film, about a punk band, doing punk […]
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September 18, 2022

David Shrigley’s Lightswitch

David Shrigley’s Lightswitch is a 1-minute and 28 second long animated line drawing of a hand turning a light switch on and off. It’s about as simple […]
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September 11, 2022

The Hidden Czechoslovakian Gem Of Things Supernatural

The film Of Things Supernatural is an anthology based on three stories written by Karel Capek. Capek was a prominent writer during the turn of […]
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August 21, 2022

Daniele Ciprì and Franco Maresco’s Fascinating Film: Toto Who Lived Twice

For a movie that many people might walk out on immediately, Toto Who Lived Twice is beautifully made. Directed by Daniele Ciprì and Franco Maresco in 1998, […]
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August 17, 2022

John Waters’ Multiple Maniacs

“These assorted sluts, fags, dykes, and pimps know no bounds. They have committed acts against God and nature. Acts that by their mere existence would […]
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August 14, 2022

Merchant and Ivory’s Uncharacteristic Early Film: Savages 

What comes to mind when you think of Merchant and Ivory? The anxious English aristocracy unable to face the twentieth century? Maggie Smith and Helena […]
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August 10, 2022

Ken Russell’s The Devils

Before he made Tommy (1975), Altered States (1980), Gothic (1986), or The Lair of the White Worm (1988), Ken Russell made The Devils (1971). It predates Greenaway but the lush and baroque nature of The Devils feels very […]
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August 3, 2022

Christopher St. John’s Strange Odyssey Top of The Heap 

Top of The Heap is hard to digest. It’s ragged and unpredictable and it switches back and forth between fantasy, dreams, and reality. Plots are built […]
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July 24, 2022

Neptune Frost and Black Panther: Different Approaches Toward Similar Goals

Neptune Frost and Black Panther have very different approaches to very similar content. Both films create a utopian refuge where Africans can escape the racism and cruelty of […]
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June 26, 2022

Blitz Bazawule’s The Burial Of Kojo

Joseph Campbell would have loved Blitz Bazawule’s 2018 film The Burial Of Kojo. It is a rich and beautiful narrative that burrows inside the essence of […]
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June 19, 2022

Kidlat Tahimik’s Third Cinema Masterwork Perfumed Nightmare 

Mababangong Bangungot (Perfumed Nightmare) is so dense with imagery it’s hard to know where to begin or how to do it justice. It's poetic and personal, […]
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May 29, 2022

Be Patient And You Will Be Well Rewarded In Eduardo Nunes’ Unicórnio 

Unicórnio was filmed in a very wide aspect ratio, 2.39:1. With such a long, thin image the viewing experience is considerably different. With a more conventional […]
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May 15, 2022

The Treachery of Hope in O-Bi, O-Ba: The End Of Civilization

There is far too much for me to unpack in O-Bi O-Ba The End Of Civilization and if it is to be unpacked I am not the […]
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May 1, 2022

Nimród Antal's Kontroll: A Mythological, Comedy, Thriller

Nimród Antal’s film Kontroll is many things. The first half will have you thinking it's a comedy about rough and tumble misfits trying to make their way […]
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April 24, 2022

Fame As Depicted In The Who’s Tommy And Pink Floyd’s The Wall

There is something disturbing about the famous footage of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. The adolescent girls in the audience screaming, crying, and even […]
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April 10, 2022

Schlingensief’s Slit Is Rough Going

Christoph Schlingensief’s 1996 film Slit also known as United Trash, will knock you on your ass with an unrelenting firehose of disgusting, bizarre, sex, violence, and depravity until […]
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April 3, 2022

Mikhail Kalatozov’s The Cranes Are Flying: Film Craft At Its Finest

The Cranes Are Flying was directed by Mikhail Kalatozov in collaboration with his cinematographer Sergei Urusevsky in 1957. The two men worked on several films together […]
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