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  • The Driller Killer

    The Driller Killer

    ★★★★

    "you're becoming simply a technician. there's nothing there. there's no feeling, no drama, no passion. a work of pure, unadulterated ego."

    70s economic and artistic frustration as a gutter slasher psychotic breakdown. an expression of rage that feels sordid and poisonous but also perversely cathartic—ferrara's acts of violence, the genre thrills themselves acting as an explosive break from the mundane horrors and impotence of his working-class ennui. i too think that landlords and bosses suck and homelessness shouldn't exist but…

  • The Aviator

    The Aviator

    ★★★★

    just guys being dudes. flying planes, dating teenagers, drinking milk, making movies, taking about titties and llamas, having crippling disorders (that can be traced to visions of american success ingrained in childhood) exacerbated by an industry and culture that celebrates wealth and "progress" above anything else.

  • Death Race 2000

    Death Race 2000

    ★★★★

    talked about in full alongside Mad Max (1979) on the latest patron-exclusive, bonus episode of my genre/exploitation film podcast SLEAZOIDS, which you can access over on our patreon by clicking here.

    subscribing to our patreon gains you access to this episode, all previous bonus eps (52!! you can see all the films covered so far here) and all future bonus eps (2 more every single month!!). you can listen to all of our 56 free episodes over on soundcloud, itunes or spotify.

  • Mad Max

    Mad Max

    ★★★★

    talked about in full alongside Death Race 2000 (1975) on the latest patron-exclusive, bonus episode of my genre/exploitation film podcast SLEAZOIDS, which you can access over on our patreon by clicking here.

    subscribing to our patreon gains you access to this episode, all previous bonus eps (52!! you can see all the films covered so far here) and all future bonus eps (2 more every single month!!). you can listen to all of our 56 free episodes over on soundcloud, itunes or spotify.

  • Bacurau

    Bacurau

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    the museum reveal in this (and subsequent bloodletting) is an easy contender for sequence of the year imo. when you choose a poor, marginalized community as the target of your gleeful genocidal violence because of their precarious conditions without realizing that those conditions are exactly why a resilient and necessary culture/history of armed resistance might exist. 😩 a john carpenter spaghetti western is something i didn't realize i've always wanted. big fan of the naked dude in the hut that was just vibing with his plants and then turned the american’s face into a smashed kinder egg.

  • The Last Thing He Wanted

    The Last Thing He Wanted

    ★★

    added an extra star for the insanely miscalculated final 10m which take the already incoherent plotting into the realm of exceptional nonsense. had me literally yelling "WHAT?" at the screen. unfortunate about the previous 1h50m which is a cliche slog of nothing

  • VFW

    VFW

    ★★★

    some of the eye-rolling boomer vet worship vs. millennial junkie stuff aside this has a stellar cast of aging, oldschool genre/exploitation actors hanging out in a bar before being exploded into a low-budget siege picture drenched in neon, leather and buckets of blood gushing from axe wounds. Assault on Precinct 13 is the obvious reference point for the premise and score but honestly it has very little of carpenter's lean coherency and patient mood, when the movie finally gets going…

  • Chicken Run

    Chicken Run

    ★★★★

    looking for a way to introduce your child to class struggle, anti-capitalist organizing and WWII prison escape movies at the same time?

  • Stone

    Stone

    ★★★

    talked about in full alongside Road Games (1981) on episode 107 of my genre and exploitation film podcast SLEAZOIDS with special guest james hennessy, which you can listen to for free on soundcloud by clicking here.

    you can also listen to this episode (and all previous free episodes) over on itunes or spotify.

  • Roadgames

    Roadgames

    ★★★★

    talked about in full alongside Stone (1974) on episode 107 of my genre and exploitation film podcast SLEAZOIDS with special guest james hennessy, which you can listen to for free on soundcloud by clicking here.

    you can also listen to this episode (and all previous free episodes) over on itunes or spotify.

  • Titanic

    Titanic

    ★★★★

    "he exists now... only in my memory." still i think works better as a romance between an engineer and the great big things we build in hopes of expanding the future (as noted on my last watch) but the sensory overload of finally seeing this in a theater definitely helped me get swept up into its melodrama gestures this time around. it was kind of amazing to hear an audience viscerally react to this at the right moments, laughter obviously…

  • Frozen II

    Frozen II

    ★★★

    gorgeous animation and a few decent songs in this surprisingly pro eco-terrorism movie.