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  • Glen or Glenda

    Glen or Glenda

    ★★★★★

    A one of a kind hallucinogenic deconstruction of early, “educational” sexploitation movies into a stream-of-consciousness camp object which is unreservedly (maybe even crudely) cinematic. GLEN OR GLENDA is so abstract in its construction (both narrative and formal) that it operates at an almost poetic level. I personally find it frustrating that so many people are willing to accept the dream logic of a David Lynch film, only to then turn around and laugh at essentially the same logic at work…

  • Notorious

    Notorious

    ★★★★★

    When I think of this movie, I always think of the party sequence--which really isn't fair to the movie, because the whole thing is phenomenal. But, I think the party sequence sticks so strongly with me because I find it one of the most essential sequences in Hitchcock's entire filmography. The camera and characters move from the upper level of the estate (the bedrooms, the sphere of private, married life) to the main level where the party is (the sphere…

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  • Cobra Woman

    Cobra Woman

    ★★★½

    sucks that movies aren’t allowed to just be pretty anymore

  • The Big Heat

    The Big Heat

    ★★★★½

    predates DEATH WISH by over 20 years and still bests it by every conceivable measure. absolutely ruthless.

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  • Jack and Jill

    Jack and Jill

    ★★★★★

    Adam Sandler's biting satire of post-9/11, American, capitalist, consumerist culture. Sandler is clearly drawing from a vast and varied collection of sources to create this subversive narrative, the film contains hints of everyone from Jorge Luis Borges to Aristophanes. Sandler's slyly hilarious comedy is a brilliant celebration of one's own identity (particularly, gender and ethnicity) in the face of the increasingly repressive and xenophobic state of world politics, in fact, with each passing year, this film only grows in its…

  • Jennifer's Body

    Jennifer's Body

    ★★★★½

    TRIGGER WARNING

    A rape-revenge movie disguised as a high-school horror comedy. But really, is disguise even an appropriate word?

    How obvious is it that the stabbing of Jennifer in the woods is a metaphor for rape? Just like the lead character of I Spit On Your Grave (who, by the way, is also "coincidentally" named Jennifer), Jennifer is restrained by a group of men in the woods who then abuse her, thrusting foreign objects into her body. The primary difference…