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  • Deep Red

    Deep Red

    ★★★★★

    Are there really people who prefer the Hatchet Murders cut? I hadn't seen it in years, but it's kind of a mess -- stripping Argento's best-written movie of all its character moments and charm and rendering an already shaky murder mystery even more convoluted and confusing. Still, it's Deep Red.

  • The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean

    The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean

    ★★★★

    Like an endless bummer version of Wild Guitar; a Monroe-inflected take on the showbiz rise-and-fall story shot through a funhouse mirror approximation of Stecklerian new wave. While I wasn't a fan of Compton's first feature, this is so much better -- feeling less like a grating, meandering vanity project and more like a pointedly feminist all-ages morality fairytale. Part of me kept wanting an alternate version with Ron Haydock as Bobo.

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  • American Movie

    American Movie

    ★★★★★

    I guess some people think this is exploitative, but it and the people in it are so inspiring to me. I love Mark Borchardt’s obsession with film; how he talks excitedly about shooting on 16mm black-and-white reversal stock and then later spends months stuck at a flatbed, cutting his direct-market thriller together. Watching this at a time when everyone has an HD camera and edit suite in their pocket, it’s amazing to watch a group of people who probably have…

  • Squirm

    Squirm

    ★★★★

    This is kind of how I always picture Georgia roadside towns to be. It's Blue Velvet's prologue made literal, as a small town's repressed sexuality explodes with the spark of a downed power line into an orgy of killer worms that rivals even the gnarliest Hong Kong black magic pukefest.

    This is even more fun if you watch it as a prequel to Cruising.