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  • Sick Girl

    Sick Girl

    ★★★★

    very cute, a little wonky and doesn't really move quite right but interesting parable about lonely lesbians moving too fast and falling into a toxic dynamic encouraged by a carnivorous insect....yada yada a straight male take on being gay girls or whatever but it def rings true to me....ultimately it really is intelligent about the way that outside forces like homophobic families and monstrous blood-sucking parasites and inside forces like desperation and mutual lack of communication work to turn what…

  • Torso

    Torso

    queasy - barely interested in the killers' psychology except insofar as it belongs to a veritable rogues' gallery of violent psychosexual derangements presented by each and every male cast member (excepting the one who is functionally a narrative device or resolution personified) - I am doll eyes, doll mouth, doll legs / I am doll arms, big veins, dog beg (lol) - "stupid dolls, made out of flesh and blood" - women living their lives, of which we are privileged…

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  • Twin Peaks: The Return

    Twin Peaks: The Return

    ★★★★★

    What makes Lynch so fascinating is that he’s a conservative whose aesthetic tendencies (unerring empathy for/centering of his female characters, a proclivity for exploring dysphoric relationships between persons and their bodies/bodies and the world, and an affinity for the cynical epistemology of the noir) constantly undermine his nostalgic and otherwise regressive gestures. Nowhere is that more apparent than in The Return, a colossal moral reckoning with the willful failure of each and every available institution (cultural/political/social) to reckon with trauma.…

  • The Blair Witch Project

    The Blair Witch Project

    ★★★★★

    on the violent impositions of movie-making, the mere force of a video camera's gaze enough to draw out a hidden evil in the placidity of an essentially anonymous landscape. baffled that anyone could watch this and demand less talking, less arguing, because honestly there's nothing more purely dread-inducing here than the pointless circumambulations that people engage in when they're terrified and have no fucking clue what they're doing. the terror is built with negative space, visually and narratively, the absences…