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  • 3 Women

    ★★★★

  • Blue Velvet

    ★★★★½

  • Minnie and Moskowitz

    ★★★★½

  • Alice in the Cities

    ★★★★★

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  • Trash

    Trash

    ★★★★★

    Entry #20 in the month-long marathon of NYC films with my own trashy beefcake is a criminally underrated piece of cinema that I will continue to champion as a seminal work, and one I think @theironcupcake would very much appreciate.

    A heroin-addled Joe (played by a brawny 20 year-old Joe Dallesandro), in his somnambulistic attempts to score drug money inadvertently plagues a lineup of concupiscent, eccentric women with his incoherent torpor and resolute impotence in Paul Morrissey’s 1970’s experimental film,…

  • Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?

    Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?

    ★★★★★

    William Klein’s absurdist fairy tale, Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? is a zany treasure trove of boisterous criticisms on the pretensions of the fashion industry, the malicious intention of the media, independent identity and autonomy living in the public eye, and is a sly commentary on social change and the ephemerality of opportunity and success. Klein, who was an artistic consultant on Louis Malle’s Dadaistic Zazie dans le métro, evokes the same spirit here in his puckish pasquinade of high fashion’s…

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  • Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration

    Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration

    ★★★★

    On October 16, 1992, a slew of recording artists came together in Madison Square Garden to perform a sold-out tribute concert to the great Bob Dylan on the occasion of his 30th anniversary with Columbia Records. Dylan himself surprised the audience and performed the night’s last handful of songs. The concert was recorded in-full, but several performances don’t make the final edit of the film—some of which are also omitted from the special features. 

    Richard is a Bob Dylan obsessive,…

  • Daughters of Darkness

    Daughters of Darkness

    ★★★★

    CRITERION CHALLENGE 2021: 43. From the ‘Queersighted: Queer Fear’ series

    Progress: 12/52

    Belgian director Harry Kümel’s sinister erotic horror, Daughters of Darkness, is a moody take on the bloody Erzsébet Báthory legend reimagined as a queer vampire film—whose identity nebulously hovers somewhere between knowing genre homage, grindhouse sexploitation and European arthouse cinema.

    Budgetary constraints, unresolved storylines, tonal disparities, and uneven performances from the cast’s less-skilled actors hinder this from being a true triumph, but that cannot detract from the film’s…

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  • Husbands

    Husbands

    ★★★★½

    Husbands is a survey of the male midlife crisis as depicted by three friends who abandon home, country,
    responsibility, civility, and sanity when confronted with their own mortalities in the wake of a beloved friend’s death.

    It cannot be overstated how alienating this experience was for me, a woman. Seeing John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, and Peter Falk traipse about New York City and London in madcap fashion on the hunt for booze and cooze wasn’t exactly an unfamiliar antic in…

  • The Sacrifice

    The Sacrifice

    ★★★★

    My entry into the films of Andrei Tarkovsky is his final effort, The Sacrifice, completed just months before his death in 1986. I know very little of the director, but if I were to try to sketch him given only The Sacrifice as a guide, I would have to imagine he was a man with deep spiritual conviction. The film centers around a senescent philosopher, Alexander (Erland Josephson), who learns that a nuclear war is imminent at his birthday celebration…