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  • The Hagstone Demon

    The Hagstone Demon

    ★★½

    A little Jacob's Ladder, some Silent Hill 2, but most importantly, a whole bunch of Borchardt--man, does he love the occult! All the satanic rituals started losing me at the end. Lots of common characters, but seriously memorable dialogue in there... "Some people have all the luck." "The inevitable becomes pretty *ing evitable." Makes me think of Coven. Creative black-and-white cinematography with strange shifts to color for flashback. Special collaboration between some indie Michigan talents, even if not my cup of tea.

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★

    The "interview experience" after the screening shed much light on the Safdie Brothers' career, NYC background, no-mark focus-pulling style, and person-off-the-street casting style. Drug-fueled '80s synth music and ever-raising stakes lead to high anxiety 100% of the time. Insane experience that makes you wonder how much of a gambler you really are... we all gamble in our own ways every day, don't we?

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  • Coven

    Coven

    ★★★

    An awesome experiment in contemporary cinema, Coven looks back at the classics it was inspired by (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, The Last House on the Left). The perfect companion piece to the 1999 documentary, American Movie. I'd recommend viewing the documentary first, because it makes the quality of the film, the stories behind the actors and locations, as well as the whole personality and mentality behind writer/producer/director/actor Mark Borchardt so much more understandable and enjoyable. "You try to help me now, man! You try to help me now!"

  • Rush Hour 2

    Rush Hour 2

    ★★★½

    Features some of the best stunts, fight scenes and one-liners in the RH trilogy! Be sure to give the bloopers a watch--it's one of the funniest reels I've seen for any film.