MUWT 2: The Quickening


are you telling me you directed Detour


I’m free I’m done with the set. Psycho ruled. It was stylish and even if the shower scene and twist was known since I was like 5, the other scenes I had never heard of were so cool and weird.

That shower scene is uhhh certainly not the best moment in cinema I’ve ever seen. Everything up to the killing is great then the killing looks about as bad as two kids re-enacting it in a classroom with the lights on.

Then they linger on her blinking twitching not dead corpse for a real long time. I did really like the super long drawn cleanup.

That freaking psycharitrist at the end is so crazy! What hell is that monologue. I was cackling with laughter at a man explaining the film in full straight to camera

I’ m not entirely sure where in the ideal scenario you are supposed to figure out what is going on.

There is an episode of Alfred Hitchcock presents that well the intro and introduction are real damn charming and deserve the thousands of parodies that exist. The story/episode was far too emotionally real for me to deal with ever. So I guess great job.

Maybe I will now go back to what I like a 60s Yakuza movie made in 4 weeks that hopefully has one scene that is real weird.


I love that mid-20th-century-thriller trope of ending the movie with a psychiatrist on a comfy leather chair explaining the characters’ Freudian neuroses to the viewers. One of Dario Argento’s early films does it too, but I forget which one. Makes me cackle every time, especially now that we can see Freudian psychoanalysis with clear eyes and know what bunk it always was.


Is it The Bird With The Crystal Plumage?

Also rud13 please see my earlier post thanks


Yeah, I think that’s the one. For a moment I was thinking it might have been Four Flies on Grey Velvet, but then I remembered that movie has a QUITE memorable ending of its own.


Bird with the Crystal Plumage also has the detour to the rural painter who politely offers his guest some cat stew! My goodness!


Buddy, if you like that scene you can see that rural painter give the sweatiest performance of all time in The Italian Connection.


I saw First Reformed yesterday. Pretty good movie, very thought provoking. It’s written and directed by the guy who wrote Taxi Driver. I was surprised by the extent to which it’s clearly a direct spiritual sequel to that film.


Both films are in-depth character studies that follow a lonely white man’s radicalization and planning of violent political acts. Both men drive around their cities and see scenes of decadence out their car windows. Both men get geared up with their weapons of choice and stare at themselves in the mirror. Both men have their trajectories altered by a vulnerable younger woman. Both films have ambiguous endings that are probably hallucinations at the moment of death.

It’s interesting the extent to which these films are in conversation with one another, and I think I would have to see First Reformed a second time to really tease out the meaning of it. Though the characters have so many parallels, there are huge differences in their outlook and goals.

Travis Bickle is an empty man, a nihilistic fascistic loser without a guiding philosophy. The assassination he plans is not based on any real political aim, it’s simply guided by a deep resentment.

Reverend Toller may be lonely, but he has a far better sense of himself in the world. He is guided not by resentment, but by his quite intellectualized and empathetic interpretation of Christianity. The violence he plans is based on a real and overwhelming threat to the world, and he hopes that it will help to save us all.

Despite Toller’s cause being far more just, I got the sense that the film did not want him to succeed in his bombing. I think it’s meant to be a happy, redemptive ending for him that he went out with a suicide rather than a murder. I’m going to be honest… I wanted him to succeed. I wanted that catharsis. I think the film took a very liberal view that political violence is always wrong, no matter the circumstances. I don’t really agree with that, so I was a bit frustrated.


I didn’t see it as ever saying violence was wrong, but that the side that actually gives a shit is the side that’s also never going to be able to follow through on their violence oh well at least we’ll get a moment of humanity or transcendent whatever before being wiped out etc, which I want to not agree with and find frustrating too


ok now compare/contrast with MISHIMA thanx


A rewatch of Exorcist 3 confirms that it might just be one of the most brilliant/bonkers horror films ever. There is a palpable sense of unreality to the whole thing, and then you get a dream sequence that features a pre-stardom Samuel Jackson, Larry King, C.Everett Koop (according to the credits), NBA great Patrick Ewing and Fabio. None of whom get a single line of dialog .

And then there’s That Scene (you’ll know it when you see it). A tense, masterful example of pure cinema, made even more impressive by the fact that Blatty was a first-time director.


Nigel Kneale is dope


aw man filmstruck shutting down


Dang, I used Filmstruck too! It had by far the best selection of the smaller streaming services, even if their UI left something to be desired.


so does this mean the ps4 app will definitely never happen or



Getting shut down literally to improve stock holders portfolios. Full on not successful enough I guess sorrry!

I would have used it except for IP hassles.

Well back to piracy everyone. Except me since I can be deported if I get caught.


having just watched Sorry to Bother You, I can confirm that @Birch’s take was 100% correct


Had myself a real dude movie night that helped cleanse my pallete after Hitchcock. I maybe rented too many but it was 4 movies for 4 dollars. Any movies. Anyways still gotta watch Kong Skull Island which I hope lives up to the title Kong Skull Island.

A Better Tomorrow, Scario, and Kelly’s Heroes were all great. ABT was all about dude feelings. I was real impressed it was 90% about how dudes feel. KH had an incredible amount of explosions. My freaking lord. And it had Don Rickles.

Scario which I liked was also the weakest of the bunch. South Texas movies really touch something for me now that I don’t live there. That Chris Pine Robbery movie was the same way. But lord I could not get behind Emily Blunt’s character or why she was even freaking chosen. That shit is so delicate the first time they hold doubt you get them out of the fucking room. It was still super tense and cool.

Is the sequel which is I guess just flip flops CIA and death incarnate murdering people any good? This film honks around with moralizing and then not.

Reminded there are gang controlled parts of San Antonio that my at-home-visit nurse could not enter without permission. But was untouchable once she was let in.



twilight is good