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  • Cecil B. Demented

    Cecil B. Demented

    ★★★★

    If Kubrick, Kurosawa, and Welles are the ideals that filmmakers should strive toward, John Waters, and this film, are the greatest frenzied fever dreams of filmmakers I've ever seen. A beautiful example of counterculture trash, in the best way.

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  • Tales from the Hood 2

    Tales from the Hood 2

    ★★½

    I don't think I'm properly equipped to comment on the pros and cons of the racial discussions on blackness in particular, so I'm not going to talk long on that. Rusty Cundiff directs the two best as well as the worst of the shorts. Worth the price of admission alone for Keith David's rants on "the shit", and his apparently literal transformation into an eldritch beast set upon devouring the scenery.

  • Dr. Phibes Rises Again

    Dr. Phibes Rises Again

    ★★★

    Tonal dissonance like crazy. Full blown prototypes of Hostel/Saw traps alongside some dry, dry British humor. But hey, at least it's more Phibes, and there's a Peter Cushing cameo.

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  • Pacific Rim: Uprising

    Pacific Rim: Uprising

    ★½

    ...Boy, is this going to be a hard review to write. I love the original Pacific Rim. I saw it three times in theaters, once in Imax even, and that required traveling two states to even reach one. I bought almost all of the original line of action figures (on that note, why did Leatherback and Otachi have such limited runs that made them so damn expensive?). I've read the comics and bought the video game that I literally know…

  • Man Bites Dog

    Man Bites Dog

    ★★★★½

    Insane and sleazy, often crossing the line, even for someone as immersed in the horror genre as myself, this film is a gritty and very dark mockumentary dealing with both the insanity of groupthink and filmmaking in equal parts.