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  • Blue Velvet
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Eraserhead
  • The Lobster

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  • The Card Counter

    ★★★★½

  • Lava

    ★½

  • Mirror

    ★★★

  • Labyrinth

    ★★★★½

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  • The Card Counter

    The Card Counter

    ★★★★½

    An ex-con is a card-playing genius; he takes a young man with a connection to his dark past under his wing, trying to steer him in the right direction. The film's stoic hero and its moral fatalism are right out Paul Schaeder's regular playbook, and by changing the details (and omitting the fascinating nightmare scene) you could make this into a classic Western.

  • Lava

    Lava

    ★½

    Argentinian animation about a tattoo artist caught up in an alien invasion (the aliens first appear as giant kitty-cats) who discovers the secrets to beating them may lie in an underground comic called "Lava." A few cute ideas, but it's inconsistently comic, animated like a Nickelodeon TV show, and has one of the most-frustrating non-endings I've ever seen... as if the project ran out of money and decided to add some even cheaper animation to the end to pad it to near-feature length.

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  • After Last Season

    After Last Season

    A pair of med students who may have psychic abilities stumble onto a serial killer, or something like that, in this strong candidate for the worst feature length film ever made. Between the baffled actors reciting bewildering dialogue, sheets of paper taped to walls to identify sets, and the crude trial software animation used to bring the characters' mental visualizations to life, it's like listening to your dullest friend relate his strangest dream. A film to watch because it exists and for no other reason.

  • Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway

    Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway

    ★★★★½

    A CIA agent (who also happens to be a hunchbacked dwarf and pizza connoisseur) accepts a mission to go into "Psychobook" to combat the virus "Stalin" released by the Soviet Union. Meet the President of Ethiopia (a kung fu supervillain) and Jesus himself inside this virtual reality world which is itself nestled in an alternate reality where the Cold War never ended, and technology is simultaneously stuck in the 1990s and decades ahead of where we are today. You've never seen anything quite like this absurdist psychological thriller/camp comedy. It's a real-deal next-generation cult movie waiting in the wings.