Earlier today I watched Ingmar Bergman's Persona, a film with one of the earliest, and most famous, instances of a film projector breakdown. It gives the illusion that the film has broken down and intentionally disrupts the narrative flow for dramatic effect. It's a famous moment in movie history, and effectively chilling. And if it worked that well one time in a movie, imagine how terrifying it would be to deploy it every 10 seconds or so!
I imagine that's…
The ABCs of Death films practically beg to be watched in pieces, or in a mood of latenight boredom, where you keep telling yourself you'll go to bed as long as there's nothing interesting after this short commercial break, and suddenly it's 4am and you've watched a couple Buck Rogers or A-Team reruns and you feel mentally ground down. The shorts in this series vary wildly, and only rarely reach above 'acceptable', but they're also short enough that it's easy…
A highly entertaining look at the Australian exploitation cinema of the 70s and 80s, with equal time given to sexploitation, action flicks, and gory horror pics. The documentary does a great job of capturing the joyous sense of anarchy that comes from a group of young punks breaking the rules. Extra points for treating even the sleazy hucksters only in it for the cash as groundbreaking pioneers in their own right. A few points off for how it glosses over…
This film is atrocious, and my ranking represents a clear-eyed, objective view of this film's merits. My personal, subjective rating would be around a 4. This movie is fascinating, and very entertaining. There is nothing in this film that accurately represents human emotion or behavior. Nothing in this film represents reality, and that is awesome.