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  • Cremaster 2

    Cremaster 2

    ★★★½

    After finishing Cremaster 2, I could have sworn I had just watched a four and a half hour long film, but was amazed to find that it's actually only 80 minutes long. The film's pace is deliberately slogging and patience-testing, and there is a constant and oppressive sense of unease that I felt during every moment of every scene (this is how I feel during pretty much all of Barney's films). This strange ability Barney's work has to make me…

  • Cam

    Cam

    ★★½

    Honestly just watch Perfect Blue instead. Kind of impressive that a movie made in 1997 is way better at dealing with themes of fractured identity and alienation via the internet/technology than a movie made 20 years later.

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  • Unsane

    Unsane

    ★★★

    Soderbergh effectively utilizes iPhone shooting to create a slightly uneasy, surreal feeling that works well during the scenes where the audience is unsure of what exactly is transpiring on screen, and questioning the mental state of the protagonist. That being said, if you take the visual strengths away, pretty much every other aspect of the film: plot, characters, dialogue etc are all so derivative and predictable that at times I almost wanted to cringe. Case in point that scene where…

  • Kuso

    Kuso

    ★★½

    The thing that annoys me about Kuso is that, similar to a movie like A Serbian Film, it feels like it wants to convince you that there's some sort of deeper substance and metaphor going on underneath the gross-out body horror. But really there isn't. Everything is just designed to pointlessly provoke people, and be just obtuse enough to invite the possibility of meaning. I love Flying Lotus but he should probably stick to music. Aside from some singularly cool images and good cinematography there's not much here. It feels like someone filled a notebook with unconnected, underdeveloped ideas and projected it onto a movie screen.