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  • Devilman Crybaby

    ★★★★★

  • Blood

    ★★★★

  • Dixieland Daimyo

    ★★★½

  • Violence Jack: Harlem Bomber

    ★★★★

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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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  • Devilman Crybaby

    Devilman Crybaby

    ★★★★★

    When I first read the manga of Devilman two years ago, it utterly broke my brain in a way that almost no other piece of media has. It is brilliantly set up as a simple piece of mindless entertainment, then, at a certain point, it enters another plain of existence. It digs deep into psychology and humanity. There are questions of morality that it raises that made me incredibly uncomfortable and moments that shocked me to the core. What starts…

  • Blood

    Blood

    ★★★★

    Have you ever wished for a Universal monsters team up directed by Andy Milligan? Well, here you go, and it's great and terrible. Blood is a bloated, shambolic, wonderful mess, throwing out everything from werewolves to blood-slurping plants. The twists and new elements are unending, right up until its ridiculous winking ending.

    Whenever I watch a Milligan film, I try to determine exactly what it is that appeals to me so much about his utterly fucked approach. Part of it,…

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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…