Evan "Video Freak" Pincus
Evan "Video Freak" Pincus

Evan "Video Freak" Pincus

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  • Thief

    Thief

    ★★★★★

    A broken man trying to get better in a broken world that's getting worse. Thief, as his first big-screen feature, shows Mann's ultra-cool architectural business casual humanism prototyped and possibly perfected. There's a little bit of first-time-out unsteadiness, but it comes with an extra dose of visual dynamite that evens out into a gobsmackingly confident debut that hasn't aged a day. Still a little bit in awe that Heat's somehow not the best diner conversation in his filmography?

  • 1/2 Man

    1/2 Man

    ★★★★

    I have no clue if this succeeds as a concert film or a narrative film, but it sure as hell succeeds as an industrial moodpiece. If only it could be seen in better quality than 240p on YouTube... ah well, still great. I've been digging backwards through Einstürzende Neubauten's discography and been loving their later material recently, where they became a bizarro ballad-cum-ambient act, and I was steeled for something much more aggressive than this was- this is just some…

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  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★★

    Awesome in every sense of the word, from the surface level "cool-as-hell" way to the deep, boneshaking "strikes-fear-in-the-heart" way. Very much the logical extension of the kind of rock-and-roll hyperreality of Drive Angry, Streets of Fire and the Mad Max sequels (in fact, it's arguably a spiritual successor to Drive Angry, don't @ me), so your mileage is definitely going to vary depending on how much insanity you can take with your pathos (or vice-versa), but if you can handle…

  • Hackers

    Hackers

    ★★★★

    Up there with Johnny Mnemonic and the Lawnmower Man duology as far as practically perfect cyberjunk goes, full of 90's esoterica (that Archers of Loaf poster in the background!) and campy performances all over the place. A delight.