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  • Wolf Warrior

    Wolf Warrior

    ★★★½

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

    First things first: I am an American. Indeed, as my wife is keen to note: I am frequently intolerably American. I note this because today I’m taking a break from my usual rounds of old sci-fi and horror films to review a Chinese action/propaganda movie. My Americanism does not bias me against foreign propaganda films; indeed, I like them considerably better than their American counterparts. I always feel that American propaganda films are trying to lie me, and fool me…

  • Rocketship X-M

    Rocketship X-M

    ★★★½

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

    Saviors From Space

    Marketing a modern blockbuster eats up such a tremendous amount of money, that it’s usually safe to assume for every dollar spent on production, the studio spent a dollar on the marketing campaign. That’s why you get quickly made cheapies like Atlantic Rim (2013) and The Day the Earth Stopped (2008) that are rushed out of production just in time to cash in the marketing blitz for a suspiciously similarly named blockbuster. This, as it turns out…

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  • Silent Night, Deadly Night

    Silent Night, Deadly Night

    ★★★

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

    Christmas Horror

    In his book, Projected Fears, Kendall R. Phillips argues that Halloween and its subsequent slasher offspring represent a desire, on the part of American audiences to return to a stable, conservative culture. The critic sees Michael Myers and his descendants as performing the bloody work necessary to sweep American society clean of all the filth and perversion that has accumulated since the 1950s. This is a load of nonsense, as Phillips identifies the Final Girl as the character…

  • Silent Night, Deadly Night II

    Silent Night, Deadly Night II

    ★★★★

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

    Christmas Horror

    In my review of Silent Night Deadly Night Part one I marveled at how casually vicious, ugly and cruel it managed to be. The sequel is a radical depart from this tone, which is a feat made all the more impressive by the fact that nearly 30 minutes of its runtime is drawn from footage recycled from the first film. Part Two is a patently absurd horror movie a good deal funnier than most of the deliberate comedic…