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  • Violated Angels

    Violated Angels

    ★★★★½

    Although The Embryo Hunts in Secret has a firmer construction and messaging than his Violated Angels, Kōji Wakamatsu's 1967 feature uses abstract minimalism to a starker degree in order to apply a broader range of interpretation to its transgressive presentation. Based on Richard Speck's murder spree in Chicago, Violated Angels sees a young man murder several nurses in their dormitory over an hour long period. There is no explanation or background to the man's actions nor any characterization of the…

  • Boy

    Boy

    ★★★½

    Like Hirokazu Kore-eda's excellent Shoplifters, Nagisa Oshima's Boy follows a family as they traverse through the ramifications of their continuing series of crimes. In this case, the Omura family—at least stepmother Takeko and stepson Tashio—pretend to be hit by passing cars and persuade money out of their victims through out-of-court settlements. Oshima lacks the overwhelming humanization of Kore-eda's film, but the film is far more sympathetic to its characters than his previous work, although still detached. The abusive actions of…

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  • The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad

    ★★★★★

    When it comes to slavery and its impact on black Americans during and after its disastrous reign, the United States still refuses to address the topic in a fashion of true weight. There are lawmakers today who believe it should be sanitized, stripped of its facts, and presented as a bygone tragedy which wasn't as bad as the liberals say it is. (First of all, fuck those cunts.) The fact remains, clear as day, borne within every black American: the…

  • Breathless

    Breathless

    ★★★★½

    Lips wiped by a murderer's fingertips; thus, a face cleansed by a divine figure—Bogart. Cinematography by Raoul Coutard. High angle shot followed by close-up on poster: "Live dangerously until the end." Conclusion: immortality.

    Godard's debut is an immaculate conception formed from a treatment by François Truffaut and Claude Chabrol; two more men framed by fame flamed of French ingenuity. Jazz surrounds a world—Martial Solal's design—encroached by a viewer unknown. Rivette is dead; or dead to us. Michel or Bogart or…