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  • Keoma

    Keoma

    ★★★★★

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

    "...yet there is no avoiding time, the sea of time, the sea of memory and forgetfulness, the years of promise, gone and unrecoverable, of the land almost allowed to claim its better destiny, only to have the claim jumped by evildoers known all too well, and taken instead and held hostage to the future we must live in now forever. May we trust that this blessed ship is bound for some better shore, some undrowned Lemuria, risen and redeemed, where…

  • Death Walks on High Heels

    Death Walks on High Heels

    ★★★★

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

    Spoilers for all sorts of gialli throughout. If I mention a film by name, I'm probably about to spoil something about it. Consider yourselves warned.

    The history of the giallo parallels the history of Italian masculinity. The genre rose to popularity at the same time as the ideological landscape of what it meant to be a man in Italy was fundamentally changing, and the films made during that period of history reflected the cultural anxieties produced by that tectonic shift.…

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  • Iron Man

    Iron Man

    ★★★

    Post-WandaVision Marvel Rewatch

    "You paid us trinkets to kill a prince."

    Weapons manufacturing has a life of its own, the warmongering continues even after we stop participating, the missiles keep being built and sent to the bad guys in the Middle East even though Tony said we don’t do that anymore.

    If only we could say War Profiteering Bad without projecting a brown terrorist outside the American defense industry, the xenophobic Other who's the "real" reason the weapons are bad, the "wrong hands" into which the weapons fall.

    We are Jeff Bridges. We are the wrong hands.

    2008 | MCU | Comic Books | Sci-Fi

  • The River and Death

    The River and Death

    ★★★

    I Think Luis Buñuel Is My New Favorite Director?
    Let's Complete His Filmography and Find Out! [11/15]

    Bunuel's Harakiri? via the western? with religious undertones? maybe? I'm reaching

    It's all about honor and tradition and machismo. There's an old village in Mexico where men can legally kill each other if they perform a post-murder ritual that's part social banishment and part moral cleansing. Along the village runs a river, and if the killer crosses the river they're allowed to live…

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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…