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    UNDER THE SILVER LAKE
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    Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell (best known for It Follows), this neon noir could easily be considered a blatant nod to Sir Alfred, and while it undoubtedly is, it is also heavily filtered through the skewed eye of Brian De Palma and the demented cerebral cortex of David Lynch.
    Mixing twisted conspiracy theories with wacked-out urban legends and hobo linguistics, UTSL is a hypnotic, hallucinatory, and generally absurd romp through Los Angeles' angst ridden millennial underbelly. Fueled by cigarettes, weed, day old pizza, booze, and an innocent, yet creepy lust for the ladies, our somewhat clueless, yet no less intrepid protagonist finds himself spiraling down a fucked-up rabbit hole, learning that pop music is fixed, rich people can do whatever the fuck they want, and paying rent on time is overrated.
    Every time you think you know where the movie is going, it flips a bitch and heads in the opposite direction. Likewise, every time you start to feel that shit is getting lame, BAAAAAM!, shit gets real weird.
    This film makes me want to move to L.A.
    I also wish I'd seen it on the BIG screen in theaters.
    Oh well.

    RIYL
    Blue Velvet; Body Double; Mulholland Drive; Blow Out; North By Northwest; Rear Window; Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere (the BBC teleplay)


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    A TOWN CALLED PANIC

    If you dig animation and are willing to read subtitles, then this film is worth the gamble.
    It's teeming with quirky Gallic humor and a ribald sense of absurdism.
    Definitely watch the French language version as the voices are way funnier than the dubbed ones.
    Zany, off-kilter, and thoroughly engaging.

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    MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN
    Here's another great late night watch (sober or off-tilt).
    An early Bradley Cooper vehicle that is a slick, yet harrowing cinematic adaptation of a classic Clive Barker story.
    Vinnie Jones, too.
    And Leslie Bibb.
    Plus Brooke Shields.
    Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, it is his first English language film. If you are unfamiliar with Kitamura's work, I highly recommend checking out Versus, as well as Aragami, both are killer arthouse genre fare that twist up both the zombie motif and the demonic motif, respectively.

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    Great film

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    I have been posting a lot of genre and low-budget recommendations lately, so I thought it was high time to get classic and existential...


    THE SWIMMER
    1968
    starring Burt Lancaster

    This is a film which I first stumbled upon late night on broadcast TV. I recall coming into it more than halfway through and it enthralled me.
    I eventually tracked it down years later on VHS/DVD and watched the whole thing.
    It's mesmerizing and hallucinatory, but not in a drug induced way, just more in a surreal suburban nightmare kind of way.
    I was drawn to it initially because I was a swimmer all through elementary and high school and freshman year in college and grew up with a pool in my back yard.
    But the film is much deeper than the pools our protagonist swims his way across.
    Still have never read the John Cheever story that it's based on, though.
    Lancaster is great as the titular aquaman and the film's subject matter is teeming with social commentary galore.
    Sure, it gets a little lurid and a little soap opery at times, but overall it's an interesting endeavor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
    I have been posting a lot of genre and low-budget recommendations lately, so I thought it was high time to get classic and existential...


    THE SWIMMER
    1968
    starring Burt Lancaster

    This is a film which I first stumbled upon late night on broadcast TV. I recall coming into it more than halfway through and it enthralled me.
    I eventually tracked it down years later on VHS/DVD and watched the whole thing.
    It's mesmerizing and hallucinatory, but not in a drug induced way, just more in a surreal suburban nightmare kind of way.
    I was drawn to it initially because I was a swimmer all through elementary and high school and freshman year in college and grew up with a pool in my back yard.
    But the film is much deeper than the pools our protagonist swims his way across.
    Still have never read the John Cheever story that it's based on, though.
    Lancaster is great as the titular aquaman and the film's subject matter is teeming with social commentary galore.
    Sure, it gets a little lurid and a little soap opery at times, but overall it's an interesting endeavor.

    Itís been a while since I watched it but I remember liking it. A different kind of movie, for sure.

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    Here are a couple of quasi arthouse horror gems, perfect for some late night Friday the 13th perusal:

    HAUTE TENSION (aka HIGH TENSION)
    This slick, Gallic thriller is gory and a complete headfuck. When it first came out I was a bit disappointed/non-plussed by the ending. But I revisited it again earlier this year and I think it has aged well. Easily the best thing Alexandre Aja has ever done (he started doing pretty mediocre-to-crappy American horror films after this and nothing he's done has ever reached the heights of High Tension, imho).



    GINGER SNAPS
    This Canadian sleeper is a great "coming of age" horror film in the vein of Carrie and Let The Right One In and Heathers.

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    CLIMAX

    Gaspar Noe's latest endeavor owes no small debt to Dario Argento's Susperia (FWIW, Noe name-checks Susperia and several other films in the opening segment), especially in terms of the use of bright, saturated primary colors (Red, Blue, Green) and an over-the-top, blistering soundtrack (here a hodge-podge of electronica).
    Noe is known for his stylistic depravity and here the stylism is rife, but the depravity is rather tame: I was expecting serious ultra-violence and while there are some shock-worthy moments, overall it's pretty mild compared to some of his previous films.
    Still, the dance sequences are well choreographed and rendered in a dizzying melee of hyper activity, which, combined with the murky story helps keep you on the edge of your seat, never knowing what is actually gonna go down.
    All the Noe trademarks are here: lush cinematography, crude dialogue, and twisted interstitials .
    In the end, however, it reminded me a whole lot of Anna Campion's lone feature film Loaded from 1994: a lot of tension is created, but the payoff is rather ho-hum in retrospect. Still, the journey is intriguing enough to keep you glued to the screen.
    All in all, if you dig arty French films with a subversive nature and like modern dance, this could be your jam (be warned, though, as it's kinda like an episode of Fame gone terribly awry).
    When all is said and done, a mediocre effort from Gaspar Noe is still 100 times more scintillating and whacked-out than most anything else committed to celluloid these days.

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    Been enjoying the new prime HD music service that launched today.
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    It's getting to be that time to watch The Blizzard of Ahhhhhs again
    ďA society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.Ē
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    Riley Stearns’ (The Art of Self Defense: https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...16#post5729516) debut feature is a dark, creepy, and incredibly unnerving little motel room thriller. The film bursts out the gate introducing our warped and erratic protagonist, who is acerbic, eccentric, and not the least bit likable. An “expert” on cults, he is soon hired to deprogram a couple’s young daughter. Things go off the rails from the moment the woman is “kidnapped” and taken to a motel where she is contained in the hopes of being reunited with her family. The film is played low-key and every character is just a bit off, creating a surreal and disturbing aura. Things move along in a dreamlike state (actually, it’s a bit more like a stifling nightmare) with subtle events unfolding in a deliberate pace, one which keeps you wondering just exactly what the fuck is happening from moment to moment.

    RIYL: Sound of My Voice; The Invitation; Martha Marcy May Marlene

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    Rocketman: mad Mike's mission to proof the flat earth

    Fucking hilarious.
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    GOODNIGHT MOMMY

    If you are in the mood for some twisted, mind bending psychological horror with a Central European slant (it's an Austrian film, so it's in German with subtitles), then this is a great little thriller that should keep you on edge, not to mention having your brain spinning trying to figure out what exactly is happening.
    It's creepy. It's claustrophobic. It's mental.

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    Suture; It Comes In The Night; The Devil's Backbone; Hereditary

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    Holy Carp Shit
    Who the fuck is responsible for the third season of Goliath??
    The second season was weak, but they've tripled down on the third. It's infuriatingly bad.

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    ^^ Jeez. I found season 2 irresistible. Actually spent last night finishing until waaaayyyy too late/early. Loved it.

    Going to hit season 3 soon.
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    Could be me - not a fan of herky jerk, dreamy plots and Dennis Quaid, but I found the dialogue empty the central characters silly.

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