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  • Overlord

    Overlord

    ★★★½

    Overlord has that railroad switch structure where it feels like two acts spliced together at a mysterious seam and gives this movie more of a sea change than a “twist”. Your think you’re getting a war movie? Now it’s zombies! In Overlord, there’s the movie that happens before the lab is discovered and after. But, I don’t disagree with it. I think the whole is greater than the sum of its parts in this case. War is hell, Nazi zombies…

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    ★★★½

    John Wick is the centerpiece of an ultra-violent universe without a Marvel or DC umbrella, whose superhero power is basically not dying and annihilating anything he’s obliged to destroy (or is obliged to destroy him). It’s level of violence and mania is so fantastical it’s almost comedy. In the third chapter, the Wickverse goes macro. Hordes of assassins from all corners of the globe are mobilized to take him down while tattooed rockabilly secretaries who communicate with analog tech only…

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  • Satan Place: A Soap Opera from Hell

    Satan Place: A Soap Opera from Hell

    ★★★★½

    A late 80’s lo-fi horror anthology with a boldface line drawn to EC horror comics and Creepshow. It’s top grade entertainment with a short overall run time, packed with horror tropes turned on their ear. The vignettes have titles like, “Don’t Go in The Kitchen”, “Missouri Mop Massacre”, “Disposable Love”, etc...there’s a great sequence with an ungrateful TV addict daughter who’s obsessed with an extreme horror host named Dick Slaughter.  There’s no shortage of splat, guts and vengeance. There’s even a shower…

  • Vibrations

    Vibrations

    ★★★★★

    A film so potently awkward and spectacularly stupid it’s a damn miracle. I’m currently rewatching and sitting on my floor, laughing myself to tears. A dorky musicians’ hands get ripped off and replaced with programmable synth-shredding robot gloves. James Marshall (yep, James from Twin Peaks), his helmet hair (it’s top contender for the worst hair I’ve ever seen), his over-acting, his fumbling rubber hands, the ear-melting “soundtrack”, the unbelievably stupid plot, the knuckledragging dialog, an inept robot suit, the silliest revenge…