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  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★★½

    Face melting madness. Slow acid infused first half is a landscape of Lynchian fever dreams. The second half is more fan service, and excites to be sure, but pales in comparison that is on display before the carnage.  If something in 2018 tops this, I’d be shocked.

  • A Horrible Way to Die

    A Horrible Way to Die

    ★½

    A fairly basic premise, girl loves guy, guy is a killer, girl turns guy in, guy escapes from prison, girl fears for her life, enter tension and impending doom, etc.. Wingard seems to be literalizing the emotional violence of a Mumblecore picture, even going so far as to cast that movement’s figurehead Joe Swanberg in one of the leading roles. We follow the stages of a break up in the form of a serial killer -- moving through betrayal, remorese,…

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  • Entertainment

    Entertainment

    ★★★½

    Paris, Texas as Nightmare.

  • They Live

    They Live

    ★★★★★

    Upgraded since last viewing. What stood out this time was just how economical this picture is... Carpenter packs a hell of a lot into 90 minutes, even with that absurdly drawn out fight scene. A Western at heart, but also an ingenious bit of pulp sci-fi that deserves canon recognition.