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Willow Maclay
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Top 50 of 2017
If there is a theme in my favourite viewings from 2017 it is that I filled in many blind-spots or gaps in my personal viewing within the largely recognized canon of the greatest films ever made. How had I not seen Rebel Without a Cause? or The Umbrellas of ...
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Blade of the Immortal (Takashi Miike, 2017)
"What are you?" "...a monster" In the opening moments of Takashi Miike's newest film, Blade of the Immortal, Manji (Takuya Kimura) slaughters one hundred men in an act of revenge for having just seen his sister murdered at the hands of a nameless villain. I...
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Twin Peaks: Episode 10: Harbinger
"The light is almost gone" "Laura is the one" "No Stars" Bad things are on the way. In the work of David Lynch Rebekah Del Rio is something of a harbinger. In Mulholland Drive the sheer elegance and grace of her voice cracks open the entire world and fractu...
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Wonder Woman (Patty Jenkins, 2017)
Traditionally in comics Wonder Woman is
an ambassador to the world of man to show humanity the Amazonian way
& lead them to peace and prosperity. In an instance of meta
commentary on the character Diana, Princess of Themyscira, has become
a titanic figure &...
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The Beautiful Ones
Dig
if you will the picture of a teenage girl on the way to her first
midnight movie. She's clad in purple stiletto's, a cropped leather
jacket & a mangled homemade tanktop with the word “Prince”
spray painted across the front. She's doused in enough Aquane...
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Paterson (Jim Jarmusch, 2016)
Paterson (Adam Driver) scribbles the untapped beauty of the world in his secret notebook. He lives through repetition, like most of us, with lower middle class burdens. A former marine he wakes up every morning between 6 and 7 a.m. to eat a bowl of cheerios...
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Top 50 New to Me Viewings of 2016
My viewing habits in 2016 were characterized by grief. There was a pattern I formed of crying on my husband's shoulder & then watching movies starring or directed by those who passed away and weeping once more. David Bowie, Prince, Jacques Rivette and Chant...
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Confessions of a Female Badass: She's a Wrestler
Confessions of a Female Badass is an ongoing column at Curtsies and Hand Grenades where I discuss women in genre cinema. Kimber Lee is a ballerina, a bartender, an American, and an artist, but at heart she's a wrestler. There's a defiance in the title of th...
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A woman sits alone in a room staring at a machine tempting her with perfection. Seduction thy name is marketing. Buy this. Buy that. Be beautiful. Forever. Have it all. It isn't a new idea being presented, but one women have heard for ages, and in the moder...
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