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  • Hennessy X.O: Odyssey

    ★★★★★

  • Hildegarde

    ★★

  • Wild Mountain Thyme

  • The Happytime Murders

    ★½

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  • Graveyard of Honor

    Graveyard of Honor

    ★★★★★

    This film & its unbound character is no scream, rising up against whatever. No 'lone man against the world'. As the film states, he was already "mad" before the war, & the afterwards - as Japanese society rebuilt itself amidst the greedy, meddling hands of the many who felt they deserved something - made no difference other than to give him more space to explode.
    In Stephen King's Cujo, King sets the scene of a community of pressurisation. Of normal structures & routines,…

  • The Ghastly Ones

    The Ghastly Ones

    ★★★★½

    I hesitate to say that any actor here gives a bad performance, or in most Milligan films. They fit perfectly into Milligan's maelstroms. He is at his finest when all his mediocre-to-bad elements are each humming in perfect unity within each section (acting, camera, post, etc) & they are then hurled twirling into the air to become something so much more than good or bad.
    If you like one of Milligan's characters on first impression, the actor & the writer/cinematographer/director will have…

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  • Hennessy X.O: Odyssey

    Hennessy X.O: Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Refn is such a ridiculous stoner. Nobody out wanks the wank.

  • Hildegarde

    Hildegarde

    ★★

    You will believe Richard E. Grant is a budgie smuggler.

    A disjointed & unconvincing mess that feels ancient beyond its 2001 release date & rehashed as only Australian kids entertainment can be, & I say this as someone who hand-raised a pet duck with a struggling single mother in rural Australia.
    Way too much time spent on the kids & not enough time with the titular duck. Classic ducksploitation bait & switch.

    But at least I can now say I have seen the film in which Richard E. Grant dresses like an extra from an 80s Italian post-apocalypse film & kidnaps a duck.

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  • Transformations

    Transformations

    ★★★★★

    In going through an article on Vermont folk horror from Arrow Video's excellent American Horror Project Vol.2, in relation to DARK AUGUST, I was reading up on a spate of experimental witchy films from early 70s Vermont in Steven R. Bissette's informative essay. Through it I discovered this "experimental" short.

    Made in 1972, it was screened independently throughout the region being one of a handful of "essentially secret films," writes Bissette in the Arrow booklet, "self-distributed by the filmmakers themselves…

  • Surviving Edged Weapons

    Surviving Edged Weapons

    ★★★★★

    A jewelled crown of paracinema, a prize that was never meant for mere mortals, Surviving Edged Weapons comes to us from a golden age of violence & silliness. It was a police training video, created for a professional elite to educate & enlighten. How a man jiggling at the speed of danger, hips flexing & thrusting, was meant to train a police officer in the ways of self defense remains a mystery. There are many mysteries surrounding this film, such as who the…