There’s “aged poorly,” and then there’s “aged catastrophically.” This thing is radioactive. It’s celluloid Chernobyl. I almost canceled my Blu-ray player.
Shock Corridor 1963
Fuller claims he shot this in 10 days. 10 days! It's a studio set, of course, but even so it should be impossible to shoot these controlled compositions, stark lighting setups, fractured hallucinations, or to even get these wild performances at breakneck speed. This is high quality American expressionism shot on a guerrilla mumblecore schedule. Fuller was the madman.
The Dark and the Wicked 2020
This is an outstanding horror film that is terribly underseen. Caught it on Shudder on a lark, and within half an hour I was squinting and turning my head to look away from the tension, which I haven't done in a while. The plot concerns two siblings who come to their parents' farmhouse to help their mother look after their dying dad, but they discover that the house has an entity attached, a demonic one that's chosen them at random…
It Comes at Night 2017
Devastating. Like a chump, I was all "I'm going to watch this at night in the dark to really get the spooky feels going" and then it's not spooky it's emotionally harrowing. And yes, it is, "D-Cinemascore" my ass. This is an outstanding small slice of a post-apocalypse, showing how humans with good intentions and goodwill towards each other can still descend into paranoia and hatred OH WAIT you all lived through the pandemic, too. Prescient film, great digital cinematography, heartbreaking last act.
Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight 2020
First night: everybody sleeps in the woods, two stars.
The Legend of Nigger Charley 1972
I have a story about Fred Williamson that I want to share, but first, my review of this movie, which, as others have mentioned, is available on Criterion Channel under the alternate title of The Legend of Black Charley. The short version is that I really liked this, mostly because Williamson is just great in the role, showing off those action chops that kept him steadily employed during this run. He plays a southern slave who kills his captor and…