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  • March Comes in Like a Lion

    March Comes in Like a Lion

    ★★★

    Fairly bizarre and anomalous droney Japanese incestcore about liminal spaces (physical and psychological), forbidden feelings, nostalgic longing, and lying to oneself about the impermanence of things. Harmonizing the imagery of Carroll (mirrors, rabbits) with the symbolic use of urban renewal (likely pulled from Yang, as others have noted) creates a fairy-tale reality for the aestheticized whimsy to play out in, a transient zone (that may be a dying fantasy?) to recapture something that’s been lost, but there’s hardly a moment…

  • Bad Lieutenant

    Bad Lieutenant

    ★★★★½

    Back to the gritty streets with zonked-out Harvey Keitel in Ferrara’s ultimate Catholic Guilt trip. Clinically lensed and tonally turbulent, Bad Lieutenant sees New York City as a literal hell on earth, the kind of scum-infested zone where onlookers stare dispassionately at bloody crime scenes and crimson-gelled fluorescents illuminate a parking garage. And then there’s Keitel’s unnamed copper, a human mass of malevolence and depravity, on a one-way path to self-obliteration in the guise of placating the demons of spiritual…

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  • Hillbilly Elegy

    Hillbilly Elegy

    ½

    Maybe the single worst major American film I’ve seen in years. I mean, I don’t even know what Howard makes of these characters or what it’s all supposed to mean. I’d hoped this would at least illuminate something about the denizens of Ohio and Kentucky (the former is my home state), preferably sidestepping Jerry Springer histrionics and the tired stereotypes mostly perpetuated in more affluent parts of America, but there’s almost no perspective in this decisively apolitical quagmire. Just a…

  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    A puzzle box for the ages: seemingly deceptively simple on the surface — it is, after all, the story of a man who succumbs to madness, eventually running amok while spending a winter with his family in isolation — but there’s more than one method of opening The Shining's myriad doors.

    What I’ll say is there are few films, horror or otherwise, which effectively portray white male hysteria and the terrifying upshots of such behavior. The movie refuses to explicate…