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  • Black Girl
  • Killer of Sheep
  • Luce
  • Tongues Untied

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  • Creepshow

    ★★★★½

  • Faces of Death II

    ★★½

  • Belly

    ★★½

  • Faces of Death

    ★★½

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  • My house walk-through

    My house walk-through

    ★★★★★

    Hooptober X // Vol. 10

    MY HOUSE WALK-THROUGH
    // 私の家のウォークスルー

    (2016, dir. PiroPito)

    This is a deeply disturbing little film.

    It is a first-person experience of a purgatorial state hopefully not awaiting any of us: we’re dropped into what might be the final 12 minutes of a soul’s restless wandering through the halls of its own decaying house, calmly describing [and revealing] with dialogue-free subtitles the rooms and the rotting remains as we slowly realize small details changing slightly. We…

  • Witchhammer

    Witchhammer

    ★★★★★

    Hooptober X // Vol. 7

    WITCHHAMMER // KLADIVO NA ČARODĚJNICE
    (1970, dir. Otakar Vávra)

    This is just about as powerfully bleak as horror gets, and so to recognize also that it is a film solely about the uglinesses of mankind would be perhaps to recognize that mankind’s ugliness is amongst the bleakest horrors imaginable.

    And so the darkest days of history also tell us. Mankind has spent countless hours of time and unimaginable heaps of money & manpower in order to…

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  • Belly

    Belly

    ★★½

    Black History Month 2024 - Spotlight on Black Filmmakers Series, Vol. 25:

    BELLY
    (1998, dir. Hype Williams)

    Another I remember liking more. Turns out I mostly remembered the first few minutes, and had forgotten the by-the-numbers drug-dealer-pals-want-different-things-except-redemption plot and the often distractingly poor script and acting. Wah-wah…

    But at least it looks great, and much of the music is good.

    But hoo boy…that script and that acting aren’t holding up their part of the bargain in this deeply silly but…

  • To Sleep with Anger

    To Sleep with Anger

    ★★★★½

    Black History Month 2024 - Spotlight on Black Filmmakers Series, Vol. 24:

    TO SLEEP WITH ANGER
    (1990, dir. Charles Burnett)

    Excellent writing and acting, and a simultaneously unsettling & touching story of the past’s unexpected knocks at the door of the present, of great passions and vices, of friendship both true and feigned, of the fragility of life and of flesh, and of time and tradition lost, justly and unjustly, with nostalgia always reaching for them.

    While I didn’t think it…

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  • X

    X

    ★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    X (2022, dir. Ti West)

    I was so looking forward to Ti West’s X, a film it seemed I would surely instinctually respond to: a gritty ‘70s horror throwback about a group of amateur pornographers being terrorized on a rural Texas homestead. The trailer was excellent, the look and feel exactly the vibe I was hoping for when I read the synopsis. Director Ti West impressed me before with another throwback picture: his gorgeous and terrifying slow burn occult horror, The House of…

  • Scream VI

    Scream VI

    ★★★½

    S C R E A M    V I
    (2023, dir. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillett)

    "What’s your favorite scary movie?"

    "…not that one."

    If this had some actual balls along with its excellent suspense set pieces, it would easily have been a new favorite of mine in this series. It doesn’t, and that fact alongside this also unfortunately teasing what might’ve been one of the best & most intriguing killer reveals of the series before instead offering the "twist" of having what…