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  • The Beast of Yucca Flats

    The Beast of Yucca Flats

    ★★★

    Hoop-tober! 4.0 screening -- No. 09

    Notably bad yet way more fun than it should be, The Beast of Yucca Flats is so poorly made that its ramshackle low-fi aesthetic eventually finds its own cryptic rhythm which sets it above some of the more forgettable monster movies of the era. There are images and verbiage from this that I have kept with me ever since I first saw it 10 or so years back.

    Some of it rises to near…

  • Exorcist II: The Heretic

    Exorcist II: The Heretic

    ★★★½

    Hoop-tober! 4.0 screening -- No. 08

    No one prepared me for how absolutely INSANE this movie is (yes, bold and all caps). The infamous reputation obviously proceeds it and on the one hand it is easy to see why. Exorcist II doesn't care AT ALL about how it follows the original film in terms of narrative, tone or emotion. I have to say I kind of love it for that kind of brazenness. Not to say that it all works…

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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…