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  • The Vicious Sweet

    The Vicious Sweet

    ★★★½

    I wish I could tell you that this was the SOV MISERY/PERFECT BLUE mashup it seemed to be heading for. Still pretty good.

  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★½

    Great job turning this deeply idiosyncratic, sprawling story about collective trauma and history into Serious Beetlejuice.

  • Flic Story

    Flic Story

    ★★★

    I spent the entire movie doing lines from HEAT but in a shitty Maurice Chevalier French accent and laughing like an idiot.

  • The Black Hole

    The Black Hole

    ★★★½

    All those great miniatures, the cool robots, the laser fights, the dipshit metaphysics, Maximilian Schell's whatever he's doing, and that John Barry score. It's almost amazing that this still sort of sucks.

  • The Last Seduction

    The Last Seduction

    ★★★½

    There are only three basic narratives in drama: Linda Fiorentino vs. man, Bill Pullman vs. nature, and Peter Berg vs. himself. Discussed on Episode 17 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • Red Rock West

    Red Rock West

    ★★★

    Rather than gathering momentum this one just seems to run, very fast, in place, assembling the usual parts without actually doing too much with them. Hard to argue that this isn't doing its thing very well, I just wish it was doing a different thing. Discussed on Episode 17 of The Suspense is Killing Us.

  • The One

    The One

    ★★★½

    Deeply silly, deeply satisfying. I want to live in the universe where this got a ton of DTV sequels. Also the ending is flat out terrific.

  • Dogs

    Dogs

    ★★★

    13/10

    They're bad dogs Brent

  • Lunar Cop

    Lunar Cop

    ★★★

    Makes Cirio Santiago MAD MAX knockoffs seem expensive and elaborate, and features some of the worst and therefore best miniature effects I've ever seen.

  • The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice

    The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice

    ★★★½

    "The trick is a light touch."

  • Cold Case Hammarskjöld

    Cold Case Hammarskjöld

    ★★★½

    Can't reasonably be approached with anything but skepticism even while every last allegation of murder, plans for genocide, white supremacism, western covert intervention, etc., is completely and distressingly plausible. Which, yeah, is entirely the point. Even more unpleasant is the ultimate conclusion that a full and verifiable accounting can likely never come to pass, and even if it did what the fuck are you gonna do about it anymore anyway?

  • Rider on the Rain

    Rider on the Rain

    ★★★★

    Truly strange piece of almost-Eurocore, riddled with Alice in Wonderland references, about a woman trapped in a world where nobody notices or cares about her constant psychic suffering. It's only when she's assaulted, though, that she starts to really unravel, with the help of menacing detective Charles Bronson, who may or may not represent her subconscious desire to lash out. Convoluted and deliberately tonally erratic, with rape/revenge tropes colliding with almost whimsical meet-cute romance and even a bit of a jaunty caper plot thrown in. Never seen anything quite like this one.