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  • Forklift Driver Klaus: The First Day on the Job

    ★★★★★

  • Dreadnaught

    ★★★★★

  • The Amusement Park

    ★★★★

  • Private Property

    ★★★★

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  • 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…

  • Bernice Bobs Her Hair

    Bernice Bobs Her Hair

    ★★★★★

    A light & fluffy poison. Probably strychnine, as, if you take just the right amount, it is ennervating while maybe not killing you. When is this civilisation over again?
    Available here in ok condition. Interesting how the soft edges of media degeneration cause Duvall & Cartwright to look similar at times.

    Every sentence I think to write sounds like something that could be said by a young man in this film. Slanderous barbs come to mind in relation to adaptations or feminist…

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  • Forklift Driver Klaus: The First Day on the Job

    Forklift Driver Klaus: The First Day on the Job

    ★★★★★

    *quietly sings Heaven For Everyone by Queen to himself in the warm afterglow of introducing more people to Klaus' Erster Arbeitstag*

  • Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught

    ★★★★★

    The martial arts of cultural capital & material conditions.
    A work of art. A transnational smorgasboard of cultural exchange that does for genre what Jackson Pollack did for form; blowing everything apart in layered precision, as various entertainment & traditions overlap & intrude, splatter & slide into & across each other. The ultimate of spooky action entangling Asian & Italian lineages - as much a martial arts film as it is slapstick setting the stage for splatstick as a giallo spaghetti western. Elements transformed while honouring…

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  • 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…

  • 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…