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  • Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau

    Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau

    ★★★★

    "Knowing that the odds were against me, I resorted to witchcraft. At that point in time, I was friendly with this warlock chappy in England..."

    ***

    If this weren't a horribly true story, about a totally real film, that an abundance of well-known film-makers actually made (nay, to be more accurate: survived), it would be SO FUCKING RIDICULOUS... SO ABSURDLY LUNATIC... and SO HILARIOUSLY SATIRICALLY PARODIC... you'd swear that this was a mockumentary made in the same vein as Tropic Thunder's Hearts of Darkness spoof, Rain Of Madness... or another one of those fake HBO documentaries by Andy Samberg...

  • Bad Santa

    Bad Santa

    ★★★★½

    "I just can't help it. There's something about the guy that makes me uneasy."
    "Well, sure. Santa fucking someone in the ass..."

    ***

    Damn.
    This Fargo prequel sure goes a long way to explaining how Lorne Malvo became so psychopathically misanthropic...

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  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    "My world is fire and blood."

    ***

    You've heard all the hype by now.
    Said hype has reached Breaking Bad-levels of insane acclaim.
    Which begs the question:
    Is the hype deserved?

    YES.
    YES YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES.

    30 years have passed since the last Mad Max movie.
    Many imitators and pretenders to the throne of action cinema have come and gone in those intervening decades, and with the occasional exceptions here and there (e.g. The Raid), the past decade…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    "Here's to the ones who dream / Foolish as they may seem /
    Here's to the hearts that ache / Here's to the mess we make..."

    ***

    La La Land is GREAT.

    But is it really 7 Golden Globes-winning "GREAT"?

    Or, even more especially, is it really 14 - freakin' FOURTEEN!! - Oscar-nominations "GREAT"?

    See, here's the thing:
    I'm afraid that all of this overwhelmingly monumental amount of hyperbolic hype and astounding acclaim is going to eventually negatively impact the…