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  • Simon

    Simon

    ★★★★

    Perhaps the weirdest and smartest comedy to come out of 1980 (that was once also a staple of early cable movie channels) has almost become completely forgotten: Simon, the directorial debut of Woody Allen's writing partner Marshall Brickman (Sleeper, Annie Hall, Manhattan) which stars Alan Arkin as an orphaned psychology professor who is brainwashed by a think tank of amoral geniuses into believing he's an alien from another planet.

    The movie plays on America's growing interest in conspiracy theories and…

  • Big Time

    Big Time

    ★★★★★

    “This is about all the bad days in the world. I used to have some little bad days, and I kept them in a little box. And one day, I threw them out into the yard. 'Oh, it's just a couple little innocent bad days.' Well, we had a big rain. I don't know what it was growing in but I think we used to put eggshells out there and coffee grounds, too. Don't plant your bad days. They grow…

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  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★½

    Nicolas Cage may go full Nicolas Cage in the eye of the psychedelic shitstorm that is Mandy, but it's that swirling purple maelstrom of a movie all around him that intrigues and spooks me most.

    1983 is Panos Cosmatos' muse and I get it, sometimes the aesthetic and the culture (pop or otherwise) of a particular historical moment gets its hooks in so deep and resonates with you so much that it becomes fertile creative ground for your art and…

  • Bullet Ballet

    Bullet Ballet

    ★★★★

    You Pick, I Watch! (add your pick here!)
    random.org selected nomination #11, Bullet Ballet, suggested by Kevin Almroth. Thanks for the suggestion, Kevin!
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    A power struggle for the power of a gun, the weapon DIY-created by a desperate man (the film's director Shinya Tsukamoto) caught up in gang violence and devastated by his girlfriend's suicide. Tense, nasty, hazy black-and-white neo-noir with plenty of drinking blackouts and close-ups that can't hide a single bruise, and of course boxing figures in…

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  • Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

    ★★★★

    The very first shot of Jim and Andy is of a now gray-bearded 55-year-old Jim Carrey, and it feels like he's playing a character. Is this Old Jim we're seeing? Or Documentary Jim? Or are we just so used to Some Character Jim that we don't recognize the real him when we see it? Or even more disconcerting: did Real Jim get tossed aside somewhere along the road to the fame he now enjoys, possibly lost in the funhouse that…

  • Demons

    Demons

    ★★★★½

    The 2018 Cult Movie Challenge
    Week 52: Italian Horror Week
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    Now HERE'S a movie people should see in the theater at midnight while costumed Rocky Horror Picture Show-style like characters from the film!

    Cocky kids in 80's prep go out for a nice night at the movies only to discover their preppy 80's kids counterparts up on the screen would rather go for a nice night out to the graveyard. Soon the foolish trespassing actions within the film are…