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  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

    The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

    ★★★★½

    The Death of Mr Lazarescu is the literal exquisite corpse film. A patient diagnosed and treated differently by every single doctor and specialist.

    This isn’t a scathing critique of the healthcare system. It’s a self-indictment on apathy and neglect in the face of unfortunate events. 

    Mr Lazarescu drinks chronically despite having a deadly ulcer. Each hospital is full of patients more gravely Ill than himself. And by the time he’s sick enough to warrant surgery, it’s too late. And through it all the paramedics just stand and watch, all for naught.

    The Romanians capitalized most on the aesthetic Vogue of the 2000s. A dilapidated masterpiece.

  • A Dog's Will

    A Dog's Will

    ★★★★

    As Jesus Christ scolds the Mother Mary for saving someone’s soul:

    Mother, if you go on interfering in everyone’s favor, Hell’s going to be like a Government Agency. It exists, but it doesn’t work.

    Shakespearian levels of schemery and deceit. A low-budget epic ballooning to absurd proportions. Lightning fast editing with lighting fast wit. Teetering on the edge of kitsch held back by a sense of irony.

    Perhaps a little overrated by the letterboxd community, but if the result was one more person discovering this unique ride, all the better for it. That is all.

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  • The Holy Mountain

    The Holy Mountain

    ★★

    The Holy Mountain is not a deep film, masquerading rather in faux-artistic pageantry under the semblance of "surrealism". Really any other direction this could've gone probably would've been better. Jodorowsky fans might object and say "this isn't his best work, [insert more obscure Jodorowsky film] is". But seeing as this is considered his masterpiece, don't know what this says for my future with his work.

    The film works under clickbait surrealism: hamfisting overt yet meaningless symbols unnecessarily to provoke immediate…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    Ladies and Gents: the worst film of 2018. No film will be more stupid, unoriginal, and idiotic than this. I honestly cannot believe it was this horrendously awful.

    There's so much wrong with the film. It's not just poorly written or poorly acted, it's everything in between as well.

    Like, how is this so beloved? Hereditary is a shallow recycling of every classic slow-burn horror. It makes multiple references as if in respect, but the result is cringeworthy homage. Neither…