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  • Demonlover

    Demonlover

    ★★★★

    Personal affection is not equivalent to professional respect (and vice versa).

    Ironically, the most fantastic element of a movie that abides in anime sex magick is a nude Chloë Sevigny on a bed playing Oni on PlayStation 2.

    As dire a portrait of the new flesh's digital echoes in the nascent Internet age of 2002 as I can imagine, equal parts condemnation and revelry. The life - suffering, humiliation, even torture - of one person is mere entertainment to another; or, worse yet, white noise waves crashing on an unseen sea.

    P.S. Is it just me or does Assayas occasionally abuse the 'fade to black?'

  • Scumrock

    Scumrock

    ★★★

    A deliberately lo-fi (filmed on Hi-8) and vaguely non-linear meditation on stasis, failure, and searching for happiness at the end of your twenties.

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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…