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  • Mulholland Drive
  • Speed Racer
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Paprika

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  • Naked Violence

    ★★

  • The Devils

    ★★★★★

  • Boarding Gate

    ★★★

  • Personal Shopper

    ★★★★

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  • Speed Racer

    Speed Racer

    ★★★★★

    "You think you can drive a car and change the world? It doesn’t work like that!"
    "Maybe not, but it's the only thing I know how to do, and I gotta do something."

    Too much to say about this one to ever do justice to it. It's ⅓ avant-garde children's cartoon, ⅓ Sirkian family melodrama, ⅓ corporate-crime neo-noir, and I just love all of it.

    The Wachowskis shoot time the way Dr. Manhattan sees it, cross-cutting from Speed racing at…

  • Antiporno

    Antiporno

    ★★★★

    "Why do I like reading about cocks and cunts so much?"
    "Because it's obscene."
    "So why are books and movies about cocks and cunts bad?"
    "Because they're obscene."

    Antiporno is an often absurd and occasionally surreal film, which naturally raises questions in its audience like "what does this all mean?" and "what's this really about?" and "what's even going on here?" It's the kind of film that feels like it's desperately trying to tell you something but can't speak your…

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  • Naked Violence

    Naked Violence

    ★★

    "The way things are today, nobody expects the police to worry about a kid once they've got him off their hands."

    Our story begins in a classroom: the students stand up in the middle of a lesson, begin chugging a mysterious, cloudy liquid that we later learn is absinthe, and sexually assault and murder their teacher. This all happens underneath the opening credits, as if it's something normal to see, as if it's just an average, everyday occurrence — and…

  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★★★★★

    "Now there's a man well worth going to hell for, eh?"

    The Devils opens with a play, a performance by Louis XIII depicting the birth of Venus, the goddess of divine love, an image that will eventually come to carry an immense and brutal ironic weight. The audience carries on with all manner of obscene, licentious debauchery, while Cardinal Richelieu, who is also attending but not exactly participating in the same way, takes the opportunity to discuss business. Richelieu wants…

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  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    "Hey pretty girl, time to wake up."

    There was a time not too long ago when if you asked me what my favorite movie was I might have told you Mulholland Drive. There's a lot going on in the film and I certainly won't claim to understand all of it (something I might have done when it was my "favorite movie"), but I do have a reading of it that seems to answer a lot of the questions it poses,…

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

    ★★★

    In a selfish attempt to cope with his separation anxiety, a sociopathic student abuses his relationship with his mentally unstable best friend in order to throw his future away on a single day of raucous debauchery.