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September 4, 2022

Tekkonkinkreet Is One Of The Best Anime I Have Seen

Tekkonkinkreet, made in 2006, is visually extraordinary. The imagery is some of the best I have ever seen in an anime. It ranges from intricately […]
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August 31, 2022

The Beauties And The Beast And The Geek: Or How To Abuse A Gorilla Suit

I believe it was Joseph Campbell who said that the essential ingredients for making a hero’s journey epic are a protagonist, an antagonist, and a […]
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August 28, 2022

Examining Persuasion in Await Further Instructions and Bird Box

2018 was a rough year. It was the height of the Brexit controversy and two years into the Trump Presidency. It was also the year Await […]
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August 24, 2022

The Nest Of The Cuckoo Birds: A Gothic Noir Mixture of Psycho And Jane Eyre 

It was the poster that caught my eye first. The weird Matisse-inspired graphics and the words “Sadism,” “Quack Love,” and “Horror” emblazoned in red made The […]
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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 7, 2022

The Coffin Joe Trilogy: Or Nietzsche Gonna Getcha’

It all begins with a dark admonition from a cackling witch. Breaking the fourth wall, she waves a skull at the camera and says, “There […]
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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 31, 2022

Donald G. Jackson’s Infamous Rollergator 

I did it. I watched Rollergator. I watched the whole thing. What can I say? What can anyone say? It is less a movie and more […]
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July 27, 2022

Class of 1999: The 1980s In A Nasty, But Thoroughly Entertaining, Little Nutshell

One day your children will turn to you and ask what the 1980s were like, and you won't know how to answer because you won't […]
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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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July 20, 2022

Favorite Scenes No.29: Us

Jordan Peele made his film Us in 2019. It is a complex film dealing with the concept of “the other.” Donald Trump was president at the time […]
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July 17, 2022

Brunello Rondi’s Il demonio

The further south you travel in Italy the more Italian Italians get. People from Milan might as well be French, but go south to Naples, […]
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July 13, 2022

Rajamouli’s 2022 Big-Budget Blockbuster RRR

RRR is a very silly movie. A very silly and very expensive movie. The most expensive India has ever produced. It cost 72 million dollars. […]
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July 10, 2022

Lemohang Mosese’s This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection

This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection is a rich and earnest film full of pathos and empathy. It is essentially a portrait of […]
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July 6, 2022

Norbet Moutier’s Ogroff AKA Mad Mutilator

In reviewing Ogroff, the prestigious New York Times film critic Joseph A. Ziemba wrote that the film was a gore-drenched... European pastiche of American slashers” and I […]
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July 3, 2022

Oskouei’s Heartbreaking Documentaries Starless Dreams And It's Always Late For Freedom

  Prominent anarchist and activist Emma Goldman once explained that “Every society has the criminals it deserves.” Mehrdad Oskouei’s 2018 documentary Starless Dreams seems to […]
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June 29, 2022

Hideo Gosha’s Three Outlaw Samurai

Three Outlaw Samurai was director Hideo Gosha’s first film. He made it in 1964 and with its release he began a lauded career in the […]
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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 22, 2022

Intrepidos Punks: Blood, Boobs, Bikes And A Whole Lotta Hairspray

The theme song for Intrepidos Punks seems to be based on my life story.  “On the highways, and the cities too Robbing anyone, they always […]
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June 19, 2022

Doris Wishman’s The Prince And The Nature Girl: A Visual Summary

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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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