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  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    ★★½

    One of the gravest disappointments of last year’s underwhelming batch of film. Perhaps my dismay is a by-product of the close proximity this watch had to my reading of Donald Ray Pollock’s novel—I found it almost impossible not to constantly compare notes twixt the two, and Campos’ adaptation is found seriously wanting. 

    Pollock’s novel is an astonishing work, striking in its unrelenting ugliness. He depicts his hometown Knockemstiff and its surrounds as a decaying hell on earth, populated by an…

  • Fatman

    Fatman

    ★★★

    I hadn’t planned on Fatman being the film to break a month-long drought of cinema, but as it turns out, it wasn’t a bad way to ease back in. A good time was had! It’s pitch-black comedy verges on the border of nihilism at times, but a handful of moments expose a warm, beating heart at the centre (thanks due in no small part to a wonderful turn from Marianne Jean-Baptise). I was pleasantly surprised, having anticipated an atrocity, but found a lot to like in Fatman’s lean and mean take on the Santa legend.

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  • Beyond the Darkness

    Beyond the Darkness

    ★★★½

    The strongest Joe D’Amato effort I’ve seen thus far. I was impressed with the tone and atmosphere, which leant gothic, but am pleased to say that it doesn’t stinge on the gore, especially during an early evisceration that had me feeling squeamish (no small feat). D’Amato might not have as many home-runs as some of his less prolific genre counterparts, but Beyond the Darkness is one example of why his legacy is often fondly remembered by exploitation fans.

  • Ænigma: Lucio Fulci and the 80s

    Ænigma: Lucio Fulci and the 80s

    ★★

    Some of Fulci’s collaborators in his final years share memories of working with the maestro in his final years. The presentation is extremely dry, and therefore not particularly enjoyable, and the insights are mostly surface level.


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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★

    If Infinity War was, as @kernetcetera so eloquently described, ‘television’, then Endgame is the TV finale, the send-off show, the goodbye episode that wraps it all up with a nice little bow and gives the fans an opportunity to pay their respects to characters that had been a part of their lives for so many seasons. On that note, it’s certainly not the type of film that was made for someone like me, and I was a fool for thinking…

  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★★★★

    Murder as art. Art as murder. Engineering. Architecture. Heaven and hell. The tiger. The lamb. The dark light. The noble rot. 
    There will be lots of words about this to come.