• Pentimento

    Pentimento

    ★★★★★

    Speaks to just how potent of a cinematic object this is that I loved it even with the thuddingly obvious dinner crosscutting.

  • Final Curtain

    Final Curtain

    ★★★★

    If watched on mute, it's akin to a Meshes of the Afternoon-esque trance film - a somnambulant protagonist wandering through a potent environment and witnessing all sorts of horrid revelations. If watched with sound, it's also that, but slathered in delicious Ed Wood word salad. Rocks.

  • The Ritual [Propaganda Videozine: Volume 3]

    The Ritual [Propaganda Videozine: Volume 3]

    ★★★★

    somebody's seen Lucifer Rising!

  • Eye Myth

    Eye Myth

    ★★★★★

    Happy eye myth monday

  • Manhunter

    Manhunter

    ★★★★★

    Hes literally me

  • Buffalo '66

    Buffalo '66

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I got a girl, and she loves me. So what do you think of that.

  • Que Viva Mexico!

    Que Viva Mexico!

    ★★★★★

    Very strange narrative that emerges near the end where a martyr named Sebastian (!) is captured, tortured, and killed in a way that almost seems to predict the heroic, homoerotic sufferings of the euro-western revolutionaries.

  • Paranoid Garden

    Paranoid Garden

    ★★

    Mostly a sleepy, terminally unerotic AV by death photographer Tsurisaki Kiyotaka, but it has some brief moments of worthwhile erotic-grotesque violence. Unfair to shoot the exteriors on 8mm and the rest on flat video.

  • Diamond Moon

    Diamond Moon

    ★★★★

    Akira Nobi is a deeply undersung artist.

  • Rebels of the Neon God

    Rebels of the Neon God

    ★★★★★

    Taiwanese blu looks insane. Forgot how flamboyant the camera is in this one

  • X: The Movie

    X: The Movie

    ★★★★★

    Pure emotion

  • Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

    Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

    ★★★★

    Statues, paintings, tablets, relics linger in frame long after the figures have departed. Blood and water glimmer in the sun. Would be a masterpiece if it wasn't for Lewin's script, which completely undercuts what would be the film's most poetic moments with expository narration. I think I liked it much more than I think it's very good.

    + Thinking about M. Kitchell's review of this, which compares it to Bataille. I can't claim to be an expert on Bataille, but the bullfight sequence is the closest any filmed representation of the ritual I've seen has come to the eroticized bullfight in Story of the Eye.