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    “People don’t really connect, you know. We all live totally separate lives.”

    The wave of internationally successful Japanese horror films released in the late 1990s to early 2000s (often referred to as J-Horror) gave life to a new global vocabulary of horror, one of ghostly women in white dresses, unresolved grudges, deadly curses, and supernatural revenge. While these tropes existed in Japanese culture and cinema for hundreds of years, it was only with such works as Hideo Nakata‘s Ringu, Takashi…

  • Possessor



    Brandon Cronenberg‘s Possessor shares much in common with the horror films of his father, iconic body horror legend David Cronenberg, fusing a critique of technology and corporate villainy with a high concept sci-fi plot and tight bursts of graphic, nightmarish violence. It’s impossible to miss the influence of his father in the film, yet it is also quite easy to recognize that this Cronenberg is his own filmmaker with his own distinct voice. Rather than feeling like a David Cronenberg…

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  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman


    was quite enjoying this until the ending, which may not have betrayed the pessimistic momentum of the film's tone but very much felt like an anti-catharsis nonetheless. almost certainly the point, but i was not a fan.

  • Nights of Cabiria

    Nights of Cabiria


    "we can all pretend to be cynical and scheming, but when we're faced with purity and innocence, the cynical mask drops off, and all that is best in us awakens."

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  • Taxi Driver

    Taxi Driver


    There's a moment in Taxi Driver when Travis Bickle is balancing his TV set with his foot. There's a light tension in the air as it oscillates back and forth between the force of his foot and gravity. Ultimately it falls over, and its assured destruction is perhaps the film's most obvious parallel to Travis's own downward spiral. Teetering on the edge in his own mental illness and isolation, Travis is very much that TV set.

  • Before Sunrise

    Before Sunrise


    Cinematic comfort food.