Mark Asch

I could never take the place of your man.

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  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★½

    remains so funny that Obama tried to primary Bobby Rush

  • Smooth Talk

    Smooth Talk

    ★★★★★

    "The teenage uncanny, a nostalgia so familiar it seems false, a facsimile, is pure David Lynch, who must — surely! — have seen Smooth Talk before casting Dern the following year in his own sunny-sinister coming-of-age story, Blue Velvet. The way Chopra adjusts her camera angles during the final scene, so that the staircase in Connie’s front hall begins to loom over her, is frightening — it’s a gradual vertigo of realization, of a secret second layer in the domestic…

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  • The Comfort of Strangers

    The Comfort of Strangers

    ★★★★½

    as with all top-tier Schrader, if you told me this movie was directed by a virgin, i would believe you

  • Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

    Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

    ★★★★½

    Derek Jarman’s WILL YOU DANCE WITH ME? for ugly straight people: a behaviorist experiment via a staged fly-on-the-wall documentary, this time about the kind of bar where there are probably literal flies on the wall.

    Jarman’s film, for which he built a gay club in early-80s London, gains unspeakable poignancy in hindsight for the looming AIDS plague; the Ross Bros couldn’t know they were making this on the cusp of another pandemic that would similarly wipe out spaces like the…