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  • Black Dynamite

    Black Dynamite

    ★★★★½

    Ten years on, and it gets funnier every time I watch it. Considering the SCARY MOVIE sequels and the work of Friedberg & Seltzer sort of set the tone for parody in the '00s (basically, a series of pop culture references that would render the film dated almost instantly, and where recognizing the reference pretty much constituted the whole "joke"), BLACK DYNAMITE understands that parody has to come from a place of love and affection and is something that will stand…

  • Speed Kills

    Speed Kills

    ½

    Congrats, BATTLEFIELD EARTH. You're no longer John Travolta's worst movie.

    Full review to come.

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  • What?

    What?

    Shot mostly in a villa owned by producer Carlo Ponti, WHAT? must rank as the second-worst thing Roman Polanski has ever done in the home of a celebrity friend.

    Full review: goodefficientbutchery.blogspot.com/2016/05/retro-review-what-1972.html

  • Eaten Alive

    Eaten Alive

    ★★★★½

    Tobe Hooper's follow-up to his phenomenal breakout success with 1974's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE might be, in hindsight, the bridge between that grim first film and the black comedy of the belated 1986 sequel THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2. EATEN ALIVE is a strange and often aggressively unpleasant masterpiece of claustrophobic madness, with Hooper deliberately using obvious soundstages, garish lighting, and a bizarre, squealing, screeching, ringing, clanging synthesizer score to convey an unsettling sense of swelter, suffocation, and terror.…