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  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★

    In a world just slightly more screwed up than our own, a telemarketer hits it big BUT AT WHAT COST?

    A razor-sharp mix of witty satire and culture horror. The cast is awesome, the pacing kept me totally engaged. It's Kafka for millennials, which is just Kafka but sexy and laugh-out-loud hilarious.

    Great music, cool effects, solid filmmaking. I'd like to have seen the supporting cast utilized more, but Lakeith Stanfield carries the film and makes it look easy.

    I…

  • High-Rise

    High-Rise

    ★★★½

    In 197X, A doctor (Tom Hiddleston) moves into a state-of-the-art high-rise community, where status is shown by floor number. As the high-tech high-rise starts experiencing problems, the residents descend into madness — without the help of a working elevator.

    A one-building apocalypse. For some reason I enjoy stories about a community that goes mad together, which for some reason usually occurs in French cities. This time we're in a J.G. Ballard novel, so it's all concrete and harsh angles.

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  • Dawn of the Dead

    Dawn of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    Hoop-tober is Grinch Night (Hoop-tober 4.0).

    I watched a mall die; not all at once, but over the course of decades. When I was young, it had everything: department stores, a pet store, a food court, an arcade, even a comic book shop. After the newer mall opened, everything left, until it had only a discount arcade (“Every game’s a nickel!”), and they really only opened the front doors so senior citizens could walk there. I saw my favorite performance…

  • Wake in Fright

    Wake in Fright

    ★★★★½

    An unhappy rural teacher (Gary Bond) goes on holiday to visit his girlfriend in Sydney. He stops off in a mining town, and a perfect storm of bad decisions and worse luck traps him there. He falls in with a group of hard-drinking locals, including a disgraced doctor (Donald Pleasence). It quickly changes from a question of how he'll get home, to whether he'll ever get home at all.

    I thought this was going to be Deliverance in the Outback,…