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  • Single White Female

    Single White Female

    Doubled this with The Hand that Rocks the Cradle for a night of psychosexual melodrama. The two contrast each other well. Cradle resides in affluent suburbia, deals with female competition, and has a sort of blankness (not blandness) in both the spacious set design and De Mornay’s excellent, vacant performance that plays the shamelessly manipulative material straight. SWF, on the other hand, is aglow with oranges and blues, concerns itself more with the perils of friendship, and is much, much…

  • The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

    The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

    Emphasis on “Rocks”

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  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    Presented as an American nightmare but the scene with Harry Powell preaching fire and brimstone to a tent of slack-jawed yokels, Willa Harper affixed to his side, assures us that this is simply the story of America: pilfering and genocide under the guise of faith, smiling in our faces all the while. Kinda fitting that this was rejected by audiences because it rightfully presents the American public as gullible, bloodthirsty rubes. Name a better movie.

  • Multiple Maniacs

    Multiple Maniacs

    As anybody who knows me can tell you, I’ve always been obsessed with time and eras and decades and how tastes change, how culture moves. For a while now, I’ve had the lingering fear that we are plateauing in every possible cultural arena. Like, there’s only seven years difference between A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time but you take a game from 2012 and the technological differences to Sekiro or whatever are largely negligible. Or take rap:…