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  • Black Samurai

    Black Samurai

    ★★★

    I’m pretty sure Jim Kelly tried to punch a bird in the dick in this movie. Birds mostly don’t have dicks, but he damn well tried his best.

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  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

    ★★★★½

    Rewatch, boy’s request. How was there never a Socrates/Billy the Kid buddy comedy spin-off? Also, man I love what a showcase this is for Al Leong.

  • Escape from Coral Cove

    Escape from Coral Cove

    ★★

    This silly, faux-sleazy supernatural aquatic horror flick out of Hong Kong oozes 80s cheese - from the sports cars and yachts to the Joann Teng theme song that knocks off James Brown’s Living in America to the “sexy” bathing suit festooned with a full length Donald Duck. 

    The usually great Roy Cheung plays the monster, a sort of ghost/gillman hybrid haunting annoying twenty-somethings in a coastal vacation town. But overall it’s a damp squib of a wannabe Cat III movie…

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  • The Perfection

    The Perfection

    ★★½

    I am genuinely uncertain whether what I just watched was terrible terrible, or hilariously awesomely terrible. And I'm not sure if the director and cast know either. But I wasn't bored.

    I attended a screening with a Q&A from director Richard Shepard and stars Alison Williams and Logan Browning, and Shepard said the film was shot in 24 days, cheap and fast, from an idea he developed himself for Williams, and that seems about right. Shepard also said his inspiration…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★

    This was so my jam. Dafoe invoking florid and elaborate maritime curses upon Pattinson for the latter’s denial of his epicurean skills with crustaceans may be my new favorite Dafoe. Pattinson is there visually, but every time he opens his mouth you can’t help but compare him to Dafoe, who makes a four course meal out of every line.

    Every year a film comes around to remind me how beautiful black and white can be. This is like the best…