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  • Prisoners of the Ghostland

    ★★★½

  • Monster a Go-Go

    ★½

  • Fried Barry

  • The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy

    ★★

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  • El Topo

    El Topo

    El Topo: Or "Why I Believe Star Ratings For Films Are Kind of Bullshit."

    The first time I heard of Jodorowsky, it was from a pretentious college acquaintance. He was the sort of guy who couldn't watch a Tarantino flick without frequent pauses to inform the other people in the room "This shot? He's referencing Alphaville. And you know that Bible verse? It's from a Sonny Chiba movie. The Bodyguard. No, not the one with Whitney Houston...."

    It would be…

  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★

    It's probably not a bad thing for our culture that one of the few mainstream popular culture series that is explicitly talking about the existential threat of climate change in a real way also features a hollow earth, giant monsters, and -as of the last film- fluoride conspiracy theories, right? Don't get me wrong, I love me some Monsterverse. I genuinely really like what the series has been doing with Godzilla and his assorted friends. I just feel like perhaps…

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  • Prisoners of the Ghostland

    Prisoners of the Ghostland

    ★★★½

    Take Escape from New York's jaded failed bank robber and all around bad ass Snake Plissken, force him to watch '70s chanbara flicks A Clock Work Orange style, and drop him in the middle of the goofy Not Mad Max wildness of something like Hell Comes to Frog Town. Add in plenty of car crashes, synchronized dance routines, cannibalism, weird religious iconography, radioactive weirdness, and just a splash of Bill Mosley for color. Let the guy who made Suicide Club…

  • Monster a Go-Go

    Monster a Go-Go

    ★½

    Famously bad no budget regional sci fi horror. Joe Dante warned me it was a slog. I shoulda listened:

    November Daily Scavenger Hunt Day 28: Watch a Film Featured on Trailers From Hell

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  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

    A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge

    ★★★½

    I liked this a whole lot better on rewatch. Maybe it's because time and place were on its side. Place: The Mahoning. Time: that special delirious 2AM slot at the end of a 3 picture feature. This movie is messy, and much has been made both of its departure from Elm Street cannon and its status as one of the gayest horror flicks of the 1980s. But, a lot of the "Elm Street" cannon wasn't quite set in stone when…

  • House

    House

    ★★★★½

    Kung Fu, is in fact, still so cool.

    I did an impromptu double feature of this and Eraserhead for some friends this weekend. That night I made the comment that Eraserhead is a film about adult fear, while Hausu is about the fears of a child. At first glance that seems right -Eraserhead is a dense film full of psychological imagery about parenthood and aging, and Hausu famously gives a screenwriting credit to the young daughter of the film's director.…