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  • Tiger Tail in Blue

    Tiger Tail in Blue

    ★★★★★

    Ross' previous film, 'Audrey the Trainwreck,' perfected his particular style of orchestrated haphazardness. 'Tiger Tail in Blue' shows a new restraint. Moving briskly through fall and winter in Chicago, Ross draws a unique attention to how time flies by his characters, building a swift, elliptical rhythm out of their daily routines. The effect created by the film’s pacing is presented neither as a sentimentality for days gone by or a sweeping, Malick-like profundity, but a practical awareness to how these…

  • Quietly On By

    Quietly On By

    ★★★★★

    'Quietly on By' begins just as 24 year-old Aaron Riley (Anthony J. Baker) suffers a severe nervous breakdown after losing his job and his girlfriend. The rest of the film takes place in the aftermath. In his fragile state, Aaron dawdles through his days like he is lost in his own head. With no job or responsibilities to guide him, he lives in a formless haze with no clear path back to social or emotional stability. Aaron is shown to…

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  • Cane River

    Cane River

    ★★★★

    Peter Metoyer (Richard Romain) is a star college athlete who returns to his Louisiana hometown in Natchitoches Parish after turning down a professional football contract in New York. He desires to work on his father’s farm and become a poet. He soon meets a young woman named Maria (Tommye Myrick), who is from a more disenfranchised black community than Peter and his lighter-skinned Creole heritage. She plans to attend college in New Orleans and leave behind her small town roots.…

  • The Last House on Dead End Street

    The Last House on Dead End Street

    ★★★★

    This definitely ranks among the most disturbing and disorienting films I’ve ever seen. This thing holds nothing back and it is often stunning in the way some of Anger’s films are. 

    There is a lot going for this movie that I don’t know if I want to process. It just ended and I am currently afraid of my own shadow.

    All this being said, I highly recommend this film.

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  • The Incubus

    The Incubus

    ★★★★

    John Cassavetes holds an uncomfortably iconic place in the history of horror cinema. I say this because to this day Cassavetes — the actor, filmmaker and guiding force of the American Independent Film Movement — is still most commonly recognized by American viewers for playing Guy Woodhouse, the smirking, dishonest husband who allows Satan to impregnate his wife in exchange for a successful acting career, in 'Rosemary’s Baby.' His experience working in horror films was mostly negative. To add insult…

  • Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things

    Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things

    ★★★★

    This is billed as a horror-comedy, but I should warn at the outset, the humor in this film is not very funny — don’t get hopes up for sharp satire or endearing goofiness. For most of the film’s first two acts, the characters carry-on like a second-rate college improv group. They exchange excruciatingly unfunny one-liners as they dig up a grave and try to upstage each other while accidentally conjuring the dead. Bob Clark and co-writer/star Alan Ormsby make a…