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Film note: Sex by Moonlight

Is it just me (and my horniness) or did #Moonlight need more cruising? 🤔 I mean, it was breathtaking, but it felt a little shy. pic.twitter.com/gVP4eEy6KZ — Chucho E. Quintero (@Chucho_Q) January 23, 2017 I’ve made my peace with the disappointing and sexless second-to-last shot in Barry Jenkins’ otherwise satisfying and stirring triptych, Moonlight, not because of …

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The self-possessed: A film response to Café de la Plage

“A tongue tells a thousand truths, but you always only want to hear one.” Mohammed Mrabet, storyteller and author of the short story, Beach Café, as told to and translated by Paul Bowles. Café de la Plage (Beach Café, France, 2001) Directed by Benoît Graffin I didn’t know what to expect from this obscure French-language …

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Say shit and fuck a million times – A note on Pump Up the Volume

Pump Up the Volume (USA, 1990) Directed by Allan Moyle Rewatched 22.10.14 One of the things I most appreciate about Pump Up the Volume, Allan Moyle’s energizing and fun anti-establishment teen-rebellion movie from the 90s, is that its script allows its lonely and angry high-schoolers their own stories told in their own voices, unmediated by …

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The future is booby-trapped: A film response to Stalker

Stalker (USSR, 1979) Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky I wanted to re-watch Stalker before I re-watched Under the Skin, not because I think they have anything in common, other than being art-films with paraliterary sources, but I needed to remind myself what a great sci-fi adaptation looked and felt like. (I also watched the beautiful b&w Ikarie …

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