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  • Ogroff

    Ogroff

    Surreal, no-budget, technically maladroit, and ceaselessly exhilarating Super-8 gore-fest glory from the land of croissants and Perrier. Breaks down visual grammar and narrative to such a degree that they’re no longer abstract concepts but nonexistent. Simple, uninflected acts recorded, not dramatized, before the camera, as if the maker’s feeling his way through the potentials of the Photoplay for the first time. A flat-out stunner!

    Ogroff sledgehammers a fucking car into oblivion and it’s all photographed in real time, and mostly…

  • The New Kids

    The New Kids

    ★★★

    Tamer than memory served, and the climactic theme-park showdown, thanks to Cunningham's impersonal direction, is less thrilling than downright ridiculous (not altogether unwanted), but it's still rather grimy. Tonally schizophrenic, shifting rapidly between genial 80s workout/driving/teamwork montages to Spader and co. (all very nasty pieces of work) vandalizing property and threatening violence, both physical and sexual, which does more to keep the movie in flux (and maintain viewer interest) than the blandly virtuous sibling protagonists. Pretty dopey, and the finale's…

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  • The Shining

    The Shining

    ★★★★★

    A puzzle box for the ages: seemingly deceptively simple on the surface — it is, after all, the story of a man who succumbs to madness, eventually running amok while spending a winter with his family in isolation — but there’s more than one method of opening The Shining's myriad doors.

    What I’ll say is there are few films, horror or otherwise, which effectively portray white male hysteria and the terrifying upshots of such behavior. The movie refuses to explicate…

  • Drug War

    Drug War

    ★★★★

    "I'm a cop. You're a drug trafficker. I didn't betray you; I busted you."

    First-rate entertainment, and with some profound social commentary (which will be further inspected upon a necessary rewatch) underneath it all. Full proof that meat-and-potato crime/thriller outings aren't synonymous with Z-grade filmic idiocy punctuated by killer one-liners. (Although Captain Zhang's quote [see above] is pretty sick!) Taking the simple premise of a drug lord evading execution by assisting a police unit in taking down fellow drug barons,…