Kurt Munz-Raper

Kurt Munz-Raper

Editor by profession, film/music lover by trade.

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  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn


    Dragon Inn is the deliberate counterpoint to the lives of the occupants; the excitement onscreen contrasts with the mundanity of the real world. The few people gathering to see the film live their own lives in a state of ennui and listlessness. Some of them gather in the hopes of finding a personal connection, but maybe all that can be offered for them is a moment of escapism into the fantasy of the movies.

    The cinema is often deemed a…

  • That Obscure Object of Desire

    That Obscure Object of Desire


    Easily, the most interesting element of Luis Bunuel’s last film is the interchanging performances of Carole Bouquet and Angelina Molina as Conchita, which reflect the ever-shifting dynamics of her relationship with Mathieu as well as Mathieu’s own toxic obsession with her. Bunuel analyzes a relationship defined by materialism and sex, or really the lack of it, and how it drives lustful behavior. 

    The result is a film that might be more admirable than compelling in the way Bunuel’s greatest films…

Popular reviews

  • Stop Making Sense

    Stop Making Sense


    If I wanted to try too hard to love this movie less, I’d complain that “Born Under Punches” wasn’t on the set list.

  • Videodrome



    “It has a philosophy, and that’s what makes it dangerous.”

    The medium is the message, then the consumer becomes the message.

    The allegory—actually, less of an allegory so much as a direct depiction—of media consumption here will always remain compelling to me. Still my favorite David Cronenberg film that I’ve seen.