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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees
  • Videodrome
  • Dog Star Man

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  • Glorious

    ★★½

  • Who Invited Them

    ★½

  • House of Dracula

    ★★★½

  • Blood Bite

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  • Glorious

    Glorious

    ★★½

    For the first hour, Rebekah McKendry keeps a surprisingly deft grip on both sides of Glorious’ tonal coin: the jokes maintain an unexpectedly high batting average and the sanity-threatening cosmic horror—historically difficult to render cinematically—is fairly well-illustrated. The flip-flop rhythm required to offset the two emotional registers is never jarring enough to induce whiplash even if the humor has a general tendency to deflate the tension rather than cast it in sharper relief. Unfortunately, that same tendency is representative of…

  • Blood Bite

    Blood Bite

    Terrible Asylum-style sharktrash from China hobbled even further by an insistence on delving into sibling melodrama that is simply impossible to care about. At least when SyFy kills time between shark sightings we get Ian Zieiring dicking around

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  • FearDotCom

    FearDotCom

    ★★★★½

    Simultaneously the most 2000s horror movie while also charting its own territory somewhere totally unique—an internet-based slasher procedural trapped in an endless maze of high gothic neo-German expressionist sets. The screenplay is beyond moronic (feardotcom.com) but the film’s observations about a video-obsessed online culture fixated on spreading viral content—a culture that had yet to even come about in 2002–hit far harder today than could have been possible at the time of release. Coupled with the genuine aesthetic brilliance on display,…

  • The Butterfly Murders

    The Butterfly Murders

    ★★★★½

    The Butterfly Murders would be remarkable just for the way it crystallizes so many of Tsui’s fixations so early even if it weren’t a massively entertaining slab of subterranean gothic wuxia. Everything’s here: the bloody violence and focus on the aftermath he’d later devote more attention to in Dangerous Encounters (those extended sequences of burnt bodies; the actual butterfly murders themselves…), the nascent mythic touch which would blossom into Green Snake, and of course the sprawling action sequences rendered through kinetic editing…