Kurt Munz-Raper

Kurt Munz-Raper

Editor by profession, film/music lover by trade.

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  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★½

    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

    ★★★½

    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…

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  • 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

    Videodrome

    ★★★★½

    “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.