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  • Extraction

    Extraction

    ★★★

    Netflix's EXTRACTION certainly is a movie. It has characters and a story and action sequences. I don't know what else to say. Hemsworth murders a bunch of people and says some bad words? Every single scene borrows from THE RAID and JOHN WICK series. It's fine. Generic, but fine.

  • Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson

    Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson

    ★★★★

    Filmmaker and Severin Films co-founder David Gregory previously chronicled Richard Stanley’s doomed ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU in his documentary LOST SOUL (2014), and explored the ground-breaking DARK SHADOWS and its creator Dan Curtis in MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS (2019). Now, Gregory is back with a highly entertaining (and also quite sobering) documentary about Al Adamson — a prolific director of B-grade horror and exploitation films throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s who was murdered by a live-in contractor whom he had…

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  • VFW

    VFW

    ★★★★½

    CUT ME OPEN AND TATTOO VFW ON MY HEART.

    For me, one of the most satisfying and viscerally thrilling cinematic plots is the siege scenario, in which an individual or a small group is barricaded or trapped — often in a single location — with overwhelming obstacles and unforeseeable circumstances they must overcome. The great thing about the siege motif is how malleable it is, appearing across a number of different genres; action (DIE HARD), comedy (HOME ALONE), drama (PANIC…

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    UNCUT GEMS. I should’ve learned my lesson with GOOD TIME. I’m never watching another Safdie Bros. movie again without taking two Xanax beforehand. Jesus Christ.