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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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  • Are We Not Cats

    Are We Not Cats

    ★★★★

    Two down-and-out twenty-somethings find each other in a neon-lit dance cave in Upstate New York and embark on an ill-advised romance motivated by their shared sickness: a love of eating human hair. Hers is out of control; His is closer to a nervous tic. A genuine, but nonetheless revolting eroticism surrounds the habit and eventually the rather obvious bad idea reaches a potentially deadly breaking point. The dirtiest-looking film I’ve seen in ages - more so than even the two…

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★

    Real talk: this is the Blair Witch movie that we have all been waiting for...

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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…