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  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

    ★★★½

    I'm unconvinced by the usual orthodoxy that slasher movies like this implicitly present a conservative, anti-youth stance, ie licentious, drug addled teens are dispatched by a moral machete, bringing equilibrium to a society in flux. I'm unconvinced because I think these teens are cool as fuck and I think the films know that. Rather, I think, like so many many many exploitation and grindhouse and off-the-beaten-path cultural objects, there's a pleasing tension on the very surface of the film, one…

  • Blade on the Feather

    Blade on the Feather

    ★★★★

    superb chamber piece that's paradoxically filmed on location. also paradoxically it's a parody of John le Carre while simultaneously a loving tribute to the master. that strange Dennis Potter elliptical dialogue... there's nothing like it. as with any Potter, though, i could have done without the misogyny

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