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  • Un Chien Andalou
  • A Man Escaped
  • Braindead
  • Red Spirit Lake

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  • Death Blow

    ★★

  • Fist of Fury 2

    ★★★½

  • Narcotics: The Inside Story

  • Sign of Aquarius

    ★★★½

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  • You Could Have Seen The Mona Lisa

    You Could Have Seen The Mona Lisa

    ★★★★

    I have never seen the Mona Lisa.

    A few months ago, we took my daughter to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She had grown fond of a Gerald and Piggy "art-tivity" book, which had a large number of games and activities centered around famous paintings of the world, and included was an index that detailed the paintings referenced and where to see them. She saw that several were at the Met, so I asked her if she would like to…

  • Shatter Dead

    Shatter Dead

    ★★★★

    One thing I've learned about myself while immersed in the world of SOV is that I no longer really give a tin shit whether or not something is narratively coherent or how formally impressive it is or isn't if, at bottom, it makes emotional sense to me. Shatter Dead is better made than most at this level because Scooter McCrae is a thoughtful dude with a number of strong ideas and a visual sense that finds striking images whenever he…

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  • Death Blow

    Death Blow

    ★★

    Dull, overplotted basher with mediocre fight choreography. Pretty cool Lamont Johnson score, though.

  • Fist of Fury 2

    Fist of Fury 2

    ★★★½

    Surprisingly satisfying followup to the Bruce Lee film, mainly because everyone appeared to want to make an actual followup and not just a knockoff. Sags a bit with repetition in the middle but rallies for a solid finale. Bruce Li is properly imposing as the hero, while Lo Lieh makes the most of his limited screentime as the villian.

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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

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