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  • FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

    FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

    ★★★

    An entertaining watch for someone like me who saw the Fyre Fest shitstorm erupt on Twitter but didn't follow all of the the behind-the-scenes scandals that came out afterwards.

    The film is solidly constructed to build up to the giant clusterfuck of the actual festival, including some stunning reveals along the way, but much like with Shirkers I felt maybe too much of a big deal was made about the allegedly charismatic scumbag behind the whole thing. These types of…

  • Stripped to Kill

    Stripped to Kill

    ★★★

    If you can get past the godawful music, badly dubbed dialog and slut-shaming love interest, this Corman-produced slasher/erotic thriller cheapie (directed by Katt Shea) has a fair bit going for it, including a nuanced depiction of stripping that acknowledges the creativity and empowerment that can go along with it. There are some extended stripping scenes that are really quite cool (even if they're mostly included to pad out the runtime), and the story manages to be fun and engaging all the way up to its fairly wild (if probbo) finale.

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  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    ★★★★½

    Zahler continues to create indelible moments of gut-wrenching pathos amidst his novelistic pulp sleaze and shockingly brutal violence. Just like Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99, Dragged Across Concrete has scenes that won’t leave my mind in a hurry, and as ever they take place in an idiosyncratic, highly stylised but believably detailed world with characters that feel vividly imagined and fully realised. I can see why Zahler’s films aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but for me they’re…

  • Dawn of the Felines

    Dawn of the Felines

    ★★

    This is a contemporary riff on Night of the Felines (1972), and part of Nikkatsu's Roman Porno Reboot series.

    It's not unwatchable – like all good roman pornos Dawn of the Felines is fast paced, full of sex and very short – but its tone is dour and grim where the original is melancholy, surreal and poetic. The three women at the centre of the film are thinly sketched and largely defined by their jobs as sex workers and their…