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Jesse_Wroe has written 128 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana

    Boiled Angels: The Trial of Mike Diana

    ★★★★

    More proof that Florida is a garbage state.

    Prosecutor Stuart Baggish and state attorney Christopher Marone should be on the American Wall of Shame. Send 'em to a gulag.

  • Razorback

    Razorback

    ★★★★

    Iconic Australian films can't help but flex their Oz-ness. It's that outback: the formidable expanse, a harsh terrain dominated by the wild, yet populated by greasy blue collars whose equipment and fashion always appear prepared for life after the apocalypse.

    RAZORBACK leverages the land like a narrative series of incredible imagery; a wide shot revealing the distance from a truck to a hilltop, a wet pit full of soaked refuse, rust upon everything, the vivid greenery of civilized territory, a…

  • Survey Map of a Paradise Lost

    Survey Map of a Paradise Lost

    ★★★★

    Leave it to Hisayasu Satô to make extreme itchiness look sexy.

    I love this line: "You killed him because you don't like doing the same thing twice?"

    And that sequence where the camera's perspective and angle set up expectations that are met with surprise—very clever.

    Lots of little things make this an interesting entry in Satô's pink filmography. It's very watchable compared to his nastier films.

    Could be a great place to start.

  • Rad

    Rad

    ★★★★

    Need another Very Eighties Movie?

    This is a perfect choice. It might be a tad dated, perhaps more wholesome than some adults uninterested in nostalgia and sentimentality would want. Regardless, it is consistently entertaining, it landed every beat it went after, and it's loaded with charm.

    If anything, the bike tricks and sick tunes will provide a ton of mileage for any Eighties Fiend.

  • The Letter

    The Letter

    ★★★★

    With the right acting, melodrama is wonderful. Bette Davis proves it.

  • You Killed Me First

    You Killed Me First

    ★★★★

    My favorite dysfunctional family.

  • Blood Feast

    Blood Feast

    ★★★★

    I love that something this simple, cheap, and shoddy can be so important. And it looks wonderful in HD. Praise Ishtar.

  • Climax

    Climax

    ★★★★

    Sick party. Would do again.

  • Burn After Reading

    Burn After Reading

    ★★★★

    I am John Malkovich's gaping maw

  • The Incredible Shrinking Man

    The Incredible Shrinking Man

    ★★★★

    I want a version that increases the pitch of his voice as he shrinks. He'd be a real squeaker!

    Anyway, "The Incredible Shrinking Man" is like the definitive B movie (content-wise—the production and distribution weren’t B-level at all). It's a bit absurd, funnier than it wants to be, fantastical, and has a lot of heart. To elaborate is, in a way, to spoil the most meaningful aspect of the film, which is revealed slowly during the final act. But I…

  • Female Convict 101: Suck

    Female Convict 101: Suck

    ★★★★

    “Female Prisoner 101: Suck,” as it is known by the US label Impulse Pictures, will seem at first like a typical Japanese women-in-prison film that exploited the popularity of the “Female Prisoner Scorpion” series in the 1970s. With Naomi Tani in top billing, audiences might’ve expected more of her iconic rope bondage scenes and torture performances. The director, Kôyû Ohara, was a maker of many pink tragedies, the kind that indicted men yet relied on them as an audience. Based…

  • Dangerous Seductress

    Dangerous Seductress

    ★★★★

    A holy man in Bali warned me about this.