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  • Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich

    Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich

    "Udo Kier walks into a Texas saloon in 1989. Oh, the possibilities. And the opening scene of Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, a reboot of the low-budget horror series that was the cornerstone of veteran producer Charles Band’s B-movie studio and distribution house Full Moon Productions, doesn’t skimp on giving this cult-movie icon some thick ham to slice.

    "Kier plays André Toulon, who the Puppet Master faithful know is the “Heil Hitler!”-ing creator of the sentient, murderous marionettes (with names…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    "…unlike do-their-own-stunt exemplars such as Buster Keaton and Jackie Chan, there's nothing generous or uplifting about Cruise's jaw-dropping exploits. Beneath each potentially bone-crunching feat you sense desperation, a need to prove his physical and mental agility so as to keep doubt, a dimming star, and death at bay. It's an unseemly display, and it's why Cruise tends to work best in films like War of the Worlds and Eyes Wide Shut, where his vanity is utilized against him, where he…

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  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    (Also published on The Completist.)

    Tarkin Dead with Chris Hardwick

    It's interesting to discover your moral thresholds. In an oft-referenced review of Gillo Pontecorvo's Kapò (1960), Jacques Rivette takes issue with a tracking shot that glides over the freshly deceased body of a character played by Emmanuelle Riva. Writes Rivette: "The man who decides, at that moment, to have a dolly in to tilt up at the body, while taking care to precisely note the hand raised in the angle…

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★★★

    A sober man's study of an intoxicated one. Makes me want to prop Michael Bay in front of it, Clockwork Orange-style, and shout "This is how you do satire!" at deafening decibels. Truthfully, the peanut-brain would probably get off on it…which is how you do satire. Let the morons expose themselves, even as the viewers who fancy they're above it all (myself definitely included) quietly acknowledge the pleasure inherent—per George Carlin—in having gotten a ticket to the freak show. ("One…