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  • Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41

    Female Prisoner Scorpion: Jailhouse 41


    A psychedelic supernatural horror feminist prison break girl gang revenge flick, you say? Yes, please. As much of that as you can spare, thanks.

    There are several sequences/scenes/images in this that are breathtaking and unlike anything I've seen in a film before. Really doubles down on the epic/mythic air of the first installment. Meiko Kaji is an absolute force of nature.

  • Last Year at Marienbad

    Last Year at Marienbad


    In the absence of memory, we are reduced to sifting through remnants of material culture in an attempt to orient ourselves in relation to our prior imprint upon the physical world. When history is inaccessible, the authoritative voice can too easily persuade us into accepting its self-assured truth as gospel. As the scaffolding of time erodes for want of a reliable referent, the moments that make up a life simultaneously contract into a single point and diffuse into a kaleidoscopic…

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  • Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion

    Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion


    Meiko Kaji portrays a lump of unformed steel who spends the course of this film taking blow after blow until at last she is honed into a human weapon inadvertently built to turn on its own makers. A 'women in prison' film that greatly exceeds the tepid boundaries of its American counterparts, a compelling origin story of a burgeoning super assassin that at times feels weirdly mythic, with the wild visual style of a Kwaidan or a Hausu. Plus Meiko Kaji casts her amazing death stare at like 200 soon-to-be-dead people in this thing, which on its own would have made this a must-watch.

  • The Organization

    The Organization


    Now that's what I'm talking about. A much better In the Heat of the Night sequel than Mister Tibbs, largely because it feels like an actual film rather than an ABC Movie of the Week. Notable for more or less pioneering (pre-Watergate, even) the 'paranoid conspiracy thriller' subgenre that would become so popular later in the '70s. Tibbs and a rag tag band of vigilantes team up to take down Big Heroin, with unsurprisingly tragic results. Capped off with a dour ending that…