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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★★

    With Troy Howard commentary.

  • Total Recall

    Total Recall

    ★★★★★

    Starts at Civilization and Its Discontents. Ends with capitalism, in order to manage its repression of desires, selling anticapitalist liberator fantasies replete with an ambiguously ethnic paramour, noble savages with mystical powers and a cool black friend. Call it notes on the Che Guevara t-shirt.

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  • Transformers: Age of Extinction

    Transformers: Age of Extinction

    ★★★★½

    Last year I had a reading linking 80s action movies to Christian painting in their concern with expressing the resilience and beauty of the male body undergoing trials by fire. Indeed it's difficult to watch a film like Rambo: First Blood Part II, particularly the torture scenes where Stallone's glistening muscles are bound in a cruciform position without recalling a sort of Christian image. Matthias Stom's Christ Crowned with Thorns is the most obvious point of reference for that film…

  • Hostel: Part II

    Hostel: Part II

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Meat's been the metaphor since Potemkin, but Eisenstein never had the postmodern late capitalist order of last men to sink his teeth into. And it's not really metaphor but rather the natural extension of the ideologies of the system. But straightforward critique isn't really Roth's MO. Hell, he's the most psycho-delic auteur since Aldrich, less interested in deconstructing the logic of a system or presenting it as a common enemy than he is making an unhinged spectacle of menace. The…