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  • The Super Rider V3

    The Super Rider V3

    The very definition of psychotronic cinema. A Taiwanese cast and crew have crafted an energetic and engaging riff on a staple of Japanese film and TV in the 70s, the 'tokusatsu'. Combining kaiju and superheroics (long before they were fashionable in America), the various tokusatsu series (i.e. Kikaida, Inazuman, Ultraman, the many Kamen Rider iterations - including Kamen Rider V3 [one of the very best] that this title is possibly inspired by; that character appears in most of this film's…

  • Marnie

    Marnie

    Rough going. To put it mildly.

  • The Boxer's Omen

    The Boxer's Omen

    ★★★★½

    O Boxer's Omen, where have you been all my life?

    One of those wondrous films where absolutely anything can happen. And does, in spades. An immaculate vision of unbridled excess. Essential viewing for all persons gifted with sight.

  • 3 Women

    3 Women

    ★★★★

    Inscrutable yet mesmerizing. One of Robert Altman's richest works, this one completely upends any expectations going in and emerges as his most quasi-mystical work. Shelley Duvall, who collaborated with Altman on the script (which was unfinished at the time shooting began), won a well-deserved Best Actress award at Cannes. Sissy Spacek is also endlessly fascinating in this. Both ladies received multiple award nods and Roger Ebert voted this his Film of the Year for 1977. Highly recommended.

  • Amanda Knox

    Amanda Knox

    Honestly, very difficult to get through. I'm very disappointed in Netflix for supporting something like this.

  • The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

    The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

    Good Lord, what am I doing?

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    The first cinematic adaptation of L Frank Baum's classic. Charming, whimsical, and imaginative. A huge influence on the several Oz films made in the mid 1910s, all of which I highly recommend. A key work for Ozophiles.

  • The Wizard of Oz

    The Wizard of Oz

    Very early animated attempt at the L Frank Baum classic, though several Oz films, including some even based on the first book, had already been released well before this. Baum is billed as the writer, but this lacks the whimsical fantasy of his books and has very little to do with them really. Short and cute and a curiosity piece for sure, but Oz completists only need apply.

  • X-Men

    X-Men

    ★★★★★

    This has to be the hundredth time I've seen this film...

  • A Band Called Death

    A Band Called Death

    A truly revelatory piece examining an utterly obscure early 70s black punk rock band from Detroit. While not at all devoid of melody, Death's music is still a bone-crunching juggernaut, much like the best 70s punk. The band's story is at turns entertaining and inspiring (as is much punk is to me). This doc places Death into its long overdue proper historical context. Before there was Bad Brains, there was ... DEATH!!

  • The Sweetest Thing

    The Sweetest Thing

    ½

    Can we institute a quarter-star rating?

  • The Great Dictator

    The Great Dictator

    It's too bad the world didn't take this more to heart when it was first released. If more people had viewed Hitler as he truly was (and was depicted here) - a pathetic joke of a human being (though admittedly far more deadly in real life) - perhaps Chaplin's perfectly pitched parody would have been as prescient then as it turned out to be.