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  • Death Machine

    Death Machine

    How convenient: everything awful and eye-searing about the mid-'90s conception of "edgy" futurism/hacker culture in one idiotic package! The dialogue in this is undeliverable to the point where not even the great Brad Dourif can sell it.

  • Life

    Life

    ★★

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

    Alternate title: Ryan Reynolds Gets Leigh'd.

    In all seriousness, Reynolds's early exit was the sole time the film exhibited enough verve to make me sit up and pay attention. Otherwise, it's dogged competency all the way down, with enough meanness to make it seem like it'll be worthwhile but not enough trashy energy or intelligence to make the meanness anything more than a veneer, a half-assed dip into cynical nihilism because cynical nihilism is in. Also a bad decision to…

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  • Beyond the Black Rainbow

    Beyond the Black Rainbow

    ★★★★★

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

    Rather than a proper review, I'd like to address something I've been seeing a lot vis-a-vis this here movie. In other words, I'm about to break this shit down real small.

    Great visual experience, but oh that ending! That seems to be a standard knock on Panos Cosmatos's sumptuous, thrilling sensory blast Beyond the Black Rainbow, to where even its champions feel like apologizing the last fifteen away. Nuts to that. Its ending is terrific, a sudden disorienting gearshift that…

  • Kung Fury

    Kung Fury

    ½

    Creatively bankrupt dead-eyed smug garbage masquerading as nostalgia-humping homage. Fuck this. Fuck all of this. Fuck everything it represents.