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    ★★½

    This movie is bonkers. Cage never really dials it up as high as the insane script needs because he’s kind of committed to being brooding but this movie is all kinds of terrible fun. Also, I finally found the Nicolas Cage movie where the “my hair is a bird your argument is invalid” hairdo is from.

  • Universal Soldier

    Universal Soldier

    ★★½

    I had never seen this through I remember the trailers from TV (mainly just that eye-piece and the gas station in the desert exploding). Van Damme and Lundgren together as genetically modified Vietnam soldiers given a second wind by clandestine military overreach. In this type of film, all you need is a set-up. Basically, this is Terminator without the sturdy, relentless physicality and Robocop without the satiric jabs at the privatization of the military-industrial complex. So many baffling things—all those…

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  • Dogville

    Dogville

    Lars von Trier: Knock knock.
    Me: Who's there?
    LvT: Sadness.
    Me: Sadness, who?
    LvT: I hate America.

  • The Seventh Victim

    The Seventh Victim

    ★★★★½

    Hoop-tober! 2.0 screening - No. 04
    also Night Movies noir screening - No. 32

    A strange, sinister and ultimately melancholy descent into urban loneliness and despair, The Seventh Victim is really unlike any other movie from this era, even the other films in the Val Lewton cycle. Where movies like I Walked with a Zombie or Cat People were unsettling by the realization of the supernatural world invading the physical world, The Seventh Victim actually slowly removes the supernatural altogether…