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  • Violence Jack: Harlem Bomber

    ★★★★

  • Carnage

    ★★★★½

  • Frog Song

    ★★★½

  • Jagged Edge

    ★★

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  • Vampire's Kiss

    Vampire's Kiss

    ★★★★★

    To call Nicolas Cage's performance in Vampire's Kiss "bad" is missing the point. Cage is not bad in this. He is uncorked with all his Cageness spewing all over the set. He's a total lunatic. Pulling wild faces, spinning into fits of unpredictable rage, pointing, screaming, running, jumping on desks, carrying around planks of wood, chattering fake vampire teeth in his ridiculous mouth. A mere description of Cage's performance could never do it justice. It is one of the greatest,…

  • The Boxer's Omen

    The Boxer's Omen

    ★★★★½

    The Boxer's Omen is pure madness on celluloid! I can't thank Chris Purdie enough for recommending this to me. This is everything I could ever want in a film. Here is a paragraph of some things you'll see in The Boxer's Omen because my brain can't construct proper sentences at the moment...

    Violent kickboxing. Bolo Yeung's disproportioned body. Buddhist monks fighting demons. Spiders (that make the spiders from The Beyond look awesome) drinking liquid poison from tiny straws. Conversations with…

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  • Violence Jack: Harlem Bomber

    Violence Jack: Harlem Bomber

    ★★★★

    Violence Jack: Harlem Bomber is the trashy 80s/90s OVA distilled to its bare essentials: silly violence, drooling sex, deep-voiced musclemen, and a skeletal plot. A thumping score thuds over an apocalyptic world littered with painted skulls and constant rain. The villains are fucking outrageous. Violence Jack is even more outrageous. He's inexplicably gigantic and spends most of his screen time ripping heads off. The animation is simultaneously awful and amazing—it looks cheap and gross but that just adds to the…

  • Carnage

    Carnage

    ★★★★½

    Even among Andy Milligan fans, Carnage seems to be mostly disliked. I must have watched something else, because this was one of the most venomously delightful Milligan outings I've seen. From the get go, Carnage is an angry, bile-spattered romp. The first scenes are so Milligan. The tone is set with amazing precision as a bride and groom commit violent double-suicide. It is grim and ridiculous, absolutely perfect. The suicide victims start to haunt the house, and Milligan cranks things…

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  • My Friend Dahmer

    My Friend Dahmer

    ★★★★

    It's hard to believe that this Ross Lynch is the same Ross Lynch who so brilliantly captures Dahmer's hunched, blank-faced, drunken aura. Lynch spends most of the film expressionless yet he conveys so much through so little. The smallest smile. An awkwardly delivered line. He's perfect. His Dahmer is as sympathetic as he is terrifying. The film outside of Lynch is also solid and subtle (it helps that the source material—Backderf's fantastic graphic novel—is excellent). This is not a gruesome…

  • Beavis and Butt-Head Do America

    Beavis and Butt-Head Do America

    ★★★★★

    If I had to show someone the 1990s in movie form, it would be Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. It's all here: television addiction, guffawing teenage apathy, nonsensical toilet humour, grim satire, Jerry Springer-esque sleaze, a very MTV trip out sequence, and Chelsea Clinton. This is one of the few movies that — much like its titular characters — I laugh almost constantly throughout. I love that the film's protagonists have no idea about the actual plot of the movie…