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  • The Endless

    The Endless

    ★★★★

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

    "History repeats itself, regardless. The old skipping record plays on, doesn't it?"

    A package drops on the doormat. Aaron opens it to find a videotape from Camp Arcadia. He remembers the time he spent there with fondness, but his brother Justin tells him that he should be grateful that he pulled him out of there. It was a crazy UFO death cult! Everyone there was castrated! They were all going to commit mass ritual suicide! …Or so he claims.

    Aaron…

  • The Lure

    The Lure

    ★★★★★

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

    Over a century and a half before Ariel lived Under the Sea and wished that she could be Part of Your World, Hans Christian Andersen told a much darker tale of a little mermaid who wanted to live among humanity. Like Ariel, she fell in love with a human man, but he married another woman, unintentionally forcing her to choose between murdering him to avenge her broken heart or dissolving into sea foam and ceasing to exist forever.

    Agnieszka Smoczyńska's…

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  • The Case of the Bloody Iris

    The Case of the Bloody Iris

    ★★★

    "Look commissioner, I'm not here for your sex fantasies!"

    Decriminalizing deviant sexuality and validating violent repression. Recontextualizing suspicious behavior from a sign of criminality to a result of maladaptive coping mechanisms and damaged mental health. Suspects aren't villains, they're victims.

    After escaping from an abusive sex cult, Jennifer has nowhere better to go than the recently vacant apartment of a serial-murder victim, a Black strip-tease artist who wrestled men as part of her shows—and always beat them, despite her diminutive…

  • The Black Belly of the Tarantula

    The Black Belly of the Tarantula

    ★★★★

    The most obviously striking detail about The Black Belly of the Tarantula is the unique methodology its killer uses to murder his victims. He inserts an acupuncture needle into their neck to paralyze his victims. It is only then, when they're completely helpless to do anything to stop him, that he uses his knife to cut them up. He wants his victims to be conscious but helpless when he kills them. He wants to have power over them.

    The killer,…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    "Hey pretty girl, time to wake up."

    There was a time not too long ago when if you asked me what my favorite movie was I might have told you Mulholland Drive. There's a lot going on in the film and I certainly won't claim to understand all of it (something I might have done when it was my "favorite movie"), but I do have a reading of it that seems to answer a lot of the questions it poses,…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Ever since I joined Letterboxd, nothing has scared me more than the idea of trying to write about 2001: A Space Odyssey. The fact that everything has "already been said" about this masterpiece has itself already been said so many times that there's not even an original means of expressing my lack of originality left at my disposal. So with the knowledge that I will probably never be able to fully encapsulate what makes this my favorite movie of all…