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  • Hollywood 90028

    Hollywood 90028

    ★★★★★

    Michelle: "Do you live alone?"
    Mark: "Everybody lives alone."

    Quite possibly the greatest, least discussed, and nearly forgotten film about Los Angeles and its beautifully, tragically endemic culture of twenty-somethings who have abandoned family, friends, and the comforts of home in pursuit of big city dreams. It is a reality that everybody recognizes, but that few would ever openly admit - especially to one another. Life in LA is frequently difficult, at times utterly unmanageable, and by default requires of…

  • Hustler White

    Hustler White

    ★★★★½

    "J'adore." - Jürgen Anger (Bruce LaBruce)

    The cultural anthropology and vertical history of a few important miles of West Hollywood's Santa Monica Boulevard by way of an art-porn remake of SUNSET BLVD.. A tongue-in-ass undoing of Hollywood convention. Subversive filth. :-)

    I live right smack in the middle of what - twenty years ago - used to be 'hustler central' aka 'the loop.' Some of its scummy landmarks still exist as they did then, evergreen salutes to sleaze (such as…

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  • Wobble Palace

    Wobble Palace

    ★★½

    Nowhere nearly as cohesively kooky and heartwarming as EK's two previous features. Still intermittently charming, of course, but 'so self-deprecatingly LA' to the point of alienation (of a potential audience outside of Eastside LA).

  • Resident Evil: Extinction

    Resident Evil: Extinction

    ★★★

    Rewatch with director / producer commentary track.

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  • The Punisher

    The Punisher

    ★★★★★

    Forget PUNISHER: WAR ZONE. Goldblatt made an 80s action masterpiece.

    10 reasons why you should stop everything and watch THE PUNISHER now:

    1. Dolph Lundgren (!) as Frank Castle / The Punisher.
    2. Jeroen Krabbe (!) as the new don of the Italian mafia.
    3. Explosions. Lots of 'em. Explosions within explosions.
    4. Scuba-Ninjas. Stop. Read it again. Fucking scuba-ninjas!
    5. A deadly woman who crucifies a man with her earrings.
    6. A vision of Castle as a broken, fragile,…

  • Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

    Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

    ★★★★

    "If something excites you, be brave. And go! Try to do it good, but do it." - Menahem Golan

    Two cousins, their sincere love of cinema, and the collapse of their empire.

    Hartley's previous doc (MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED!) fell victim to a sad tragedy in that it spent ninety agonizing minutes making fun of and shaming its subject matter. ELECTRIC BOOGALOO begins with the same regrettable tone, calling the films "silly," "stupid," and "low budget," but after 15 minutes, the…