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  • Touki Bouki

    Touki Bouki

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    Way, way more than the Pierrot le Fou riff some reduce it to: a sly and slightly psychotropic picaresque that uses montage and absurdity to get across a major case of postcolonial Weltschmerz (which is to say it’s deeply felt in a way Godard could never be). A great breakup movie and coming-to-terms-with-the-place-where-you-live movie, funny but not afraid to draw blood (oof, that slaughter footage). All its initially discordant images and tones cohere by its impressive and musical final sequenceβ€”into someone else’s beautiful migraine.

  • Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

    Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

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    Meyer’s sublimation of sex into wry fantasies of gendered violence produces something that runs much deeper than the smirking sleaze of a nudie cutie: dreams of having your neck snapped by a go-go-dancing grim reaper as you lay prostrate on the salt flats, dreams of fighting and losing. In this funtime apocalypse everyone lives with weird traumas of one kind or another, and just about everyone eats it in the end. It was never about the β€œlong green”—not the dancing, not the desert banditryβ€”but about coping somehow with the basic corruption of the world.

    Great dialogue, too.

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  • Crossroad

    Crossroad

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    The cities were full of detail and grotesquery, but there was something about the half-rendered countryside that drew me into endless, third-person motorbike trips. When Solomon, great excavator of the undersides of images, played San Andreas, he charted a course for the heart of the game: the animation of CJ's body at rest.

    The bouquet, left spinning in gale-force winds, is meant to be used as a gift in a romance subplot, a disappointing date simulator. This being GTA, you…

  • The Pumpkin Race

    The Pumpkin Race

    There are few film images more satisfying than giant, self-propelled pumpkins softly bouncing into a manhole.