Mark Palermo

Genre agnostic. Screenwriter of the movie Detention.
Host of The '00s Zone podcast.

Favorite films

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Danger: Diabolik
  • House Party
  • Carrie

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★

  • Tenebre

    ★★★★

  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space

    ★★½

  • Nosferatu the Vampyre

    ★★★★½

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★

    At least Tron: Legacy reimagined the style of Tron for a new era. This is Kosinski's monument to the original Top Gun, but it should be pushing things forward aesthetically rather than just revisiting "Danger Zone" and trying on incredibly square Tony Scott mimicry for oldheads. Give us a fresh soundtrack. Rethink how to stage aerial dogfights. The bigger issue is right in the title: Who gives a shit about Maverick as a character? Top Gun was a defining '80s action movie, but not for having any substance.

  • Nosferatu the Vampyre

    Nosferatu the Vampyre

    ★★★★½

    More like Klausferatu.

    What really stands out here is Herzog’s defamiliarizing of the ordinary. Rather than relying on elaborate f/x, locations are perceived anew so that horror takes hold in everyday reality.

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  • Detention

    Detention

    It's always a tricky proposition when you make dinner for your date and she then demands to see your own movie. I hadn't watched DETENTION in several years, and this is the first time it started to feel like a long time ago and that I was sort of able to experience it as a regular audience member might.

    My date had a couple questions about things like why the neighbours don't hear Riley screaming when chased through suburban backyards.…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★½

    1) I lost my mother in March of this year. Part of that experience is there’s an initial outpouring of sympathy, which of course meant a lot to me, though I was never sure what to say to anyone. Then it mostly stops. I guess people think you’re over the worst of it, but a tragedy of that scope (however universal) is processed in stages over time. It’s too much to weigh it all at once. When a parent dies,…