• Attack

    Attack

    ★★★★½

    Throughout history, there's always been people who have gotten to where they are not because of any special abilities they have or because of their personal achievements, but because they knew the right people and had enough money. Think Jared Kushner, think Kim Kardashian, think Erskine Cooney in Robert Aldrich's Attack.

    As we come to learn early in this picture, Cooney is incompetent, a screw-up, and also a captain in the U.S. Army as it fights on the European Front…

  • He Walked by Night

    He Walked by Night

    ★★★★½

    The first 15-20 minutes are a little bumpy, and at first give the impression that this is just going to be basic copaganda, but stick with it - this turns into a moody, suspenseful noir that benefits greatly from its small budget and claustrophobic camera work. An absolute gem.

  • Lifeforce

    Lifeforce

    ★★★★

    A cocaine-fueled fever dream of a film that could have only been made in the 1980s. You think it can't possibly get any more batshit, and then it does. God bless Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus; I doubt anyone else would have funded this movie.

  • 7 Into Snowy

    7 Into Snowy

    ★★★½

    One of the better films of the Golden Age of Porn. Very much unlike most hardcore you'll see today; some parts of this are downright surreal.

  • Shark Bait

    Shark Bait

    ★★★

    As far as B-grade shark movies go, this isn't too bad. I've definitely seen worse. Thing is, there just aren't too many variations on the "people stranded at sea, being hunted by a shark" formula, so there's no real surprises here. The filmmakers make the right choice in choosing not to show the shark too much.

  • Is That Black Enough for You?!?

    Is That Black Enough for You?!?

    ★★★★

    I've seen many of the films spotlighted in this, and knew about a lot of the history. Even so, this was still pretty captivating. For those unfamiliar with this period of black film history, this film will be a revelation.

  • Win a Trip to Browntown!

    Win a Trip to Browntown!

    ★★½

    Not that good, but also not as bad as other reviewers have made it out to be. Seriously, you don't know bad until you've sat through some of the exploitation films of the 30s, 40s, and 50s.

    The buttsex premise is juvenile, but not much more juvenile than a lot of lowbrow comedies. Personally, I think anal sex is overrated; the rectum isn't textured like the vagina is, and you don't get as much sensation. But that's neither here nor…

  • Farha

    Farha

    ★★★½

    As someone who is neither Israeli nor Palestinian, neither Jew nor Arab, I'd like to offer a take on this film from a more impartial perspective:

    The charges of antisemitism against Farha don't hold up when the entirety of the film is considered. It's a film set in Mandatory Palestine during the Nakba, told primarily from the point of view of a Palestinian girl. That by itself is not antisemitic. That it portrays what is, from a Palestinian point of…

  • Cube

    Cube

    ★★½

    An interesting premise, but man is the acting rough, and it drags the film down.

  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    Halloween III: Season of the Witch

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely trashed by critics and audiences upon its initial release, time has revealed Season of the Witch to be the best of the Halloween sequels, and the only one that is truly necessary for the horror fan.

    This is perhaps best thought of as a new interpretation of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, filtered through the atmosphere of 1980s consumerism and conservatism. It's a supremely interesting concept that was intended as the beginning of an anthology series of films exploring…

  • The Beyond

    The Beyond

    ★★

    My third and probably last time through this one. It's never grabbed me; Lucio Fulci was great in terms of shot composition, but he rarely coupled that with an interesting narrative, and so it is here. More a collage of gore scenes than a coherent film; most of the film's characters only exist for the purposes of being killed in gruesome ways. After a while, I was bored.

  • The Cove

    The Cove

    ★★★½

    All right for what it is, but there's a more in-depth story to be told here, and telling it probably would have made for a better film. I would have been interested to know more about the history behind the Japanese mass killing of dolphins, and why the Japanese government considers it so important to keep this going. We know that fish has long been a staple of Japanese cuisine and culture, and the exploration of that is something that…