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  • Halloween II

    Halloween II

    ★★★★★

    “Summarize the film... uh, Shakespeare meets the Vietnam War?”

    In the 4+ hour-long behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of Zombie’s first Halloween entry, this is how Dee Wallace (who played Cynthia Strode) describes the first film. And these initially seem like silly, overblown comparisons that an actor would make while being interviewed on location—far before the film was even finished. And, while it is admittedly more than a bit of a stretch to compare Zombie to Shakespeare (although Malcolm McDowell…

  • Glen or Glenda

    Glen or Glenda

    ★★★★★

    A one of a kind hallucinogenic deconstruction of early, “educational” sexploitation movies into a stream-of-consciousness camp object which is unreservedly (maybe even crudely) cinematic. GLEN OR GLENDA is so abstract in its construction (both narrative and formal) that it operates at an almost poetic level. I personally find it frustrating that so many people are willing to accept the dream logic of a David Lynch film, only to then turn around and laugh at essentially the same logic at work…

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  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

    yeah, it’s underrated

  • Westworld

    Westworld

    ★★½

    it becomes an Anthony Mann movie for like a split second, but otherwise this doesn’t even feel like a western at all—which ruins the whole point. Doesn’t even really become a “genre” movie at all until the last twenty minutes. The homoerotic tension between the two leads is probably the best part about this movie.

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  • Jack and Jill

    Jack and Jill

    ★★★★★

    Adam Sandler's biting satire of post-9/11, American, capitalist, consumerist culture. Sandler is clearly drawing from a vast and varied collection of sources to create this subversive narrative, the film contains hints of everyone from Jorge Luis Borges to Aristophanes. Sandler's slyly hilarious comedy is a brilliant celebration of one's own identity (particularly, gender and ethnicity) in the face of the increasingly repressive and xenophobic state of world politics, in fact, with each passing year, this film only grows in its…

  • Jennifer's Body

    Jennifer's Body

    ★★★★½

    TRIGGER WARNING

    A rape-revenge movie disguised as a high-school horror comedy. But really, is disguise even an appropriate word?

    How obvious is it that the stabbing of Jennifer in the woods is a metaphor for rape? Just like the lead character of I Spit On Your Grave (who, by the way, is also "coincidentally" named Jennifer), Jennifer is restrained by a group of men in the woods who then abuse her, thrusting foreign objects into her body. The primary difference…