“See this pencil? ✏️ How did it get on this desk? Take it back…right back to when it was a tree. It was a tree. 🌲 But the difference between you and me is…you think it arrived as a pencil.”
Anti-Clock is the most mind-altering, profound, and ideologically intense film I’ve seen since that pivotal night in 2003, half my lifetime ago, when I slipped in the DVD of Possession completely unaware as to what I was in for. Right when Anti-Clock ended…
Dominion is my favorite of the World series if not just for its inspired Now This opening (eagerly awaiting all the questioning of their integrity after appearing in this) and all that wackadoodle blackmarket DinoBourne shit in Malta. That being said, it’s still no Jurassic Park III, or Kong: Skull Island, or Dinosaurus!, or Tammy & the T-Rex for that matter…
(ponders what Stewart Raffill’s Dominion would be like).
Honestly kind of a miracle Trevorrow got this gig after the fucking triumph of misguided sincerity that is The…
What I’ve always loved most about the still pretty fucking rad III is that it doesn’t try to be the first one. With this in mind, Johnston was able to deliver a rollicking no-frills sequel with zero pretensions bent on squeezing the maximum dinotainment possible out of 90 minutes, while figuring out ways to work terrifying pterodactyls, talking raptors, and Barney juxtapositions into the mix. Really the most logical place the franchise could’ve ever gone after the original.
I went into Smithereens knowing nothing about it except that it was an 80's indie with Richard Hell in it. I figured it would be in the vein of Times Square or Ladies & Gentlemen...The Fabulous Stains.
But Smithereens is a little different, and really got to me. This is a hard-hitting, uncompromising character study of a wannabe punk princess who doesn't end up getting what she wants. It shows the struggling side of the 80s NY art/music world you rarely…
To any 80's horror fan just discovering this film:
Read that synopsis.
You may think, "Wow. A movie that gets all those elements right would have to be one of the best films ever made. Could it really be as fantastic as it sounds? I mean is such an achievement in cinematic perfection possible?"
The answer to that is,