• Blood Simple
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    Fast Times at Ridgemont High

    ★★★★

    “all i need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and i’m fine.”

    DISCO SUCKS
    SURF NAZIS

  • The Bare-Footed Kid

    The Bare-Footed Kid

    ★★★

    doesn't very gracefully cohere its sillier shaw bros kung fu comedy energy of the early scenes with its eventual tragic, bloody conclusion but the photography by john woo collaborator horace wong looks nice, the fighting is pretty great, and maggie cheung.

  • Wicked Stepmother

    Wicked Stepmother

    painfully, painfully unfunny. genuinely convinced bette davis was actually already dead and was given the weekend-at-bernie's treatment for this performance. no idea what anyone was thinking here, especially cohen.

  • Deadly Friend

    Deadly Friend

    ★★★

    craven retools his interest in the abusive underbelly of domestic suburbia into a tonally bizarre teen horror movie that starts out somewhere between Short Circuit and Gremlins featuring a whiz kid nerd taking his pet robot around town and getting into hijinks, etc until the cute girl next door kristy swanson is murdered by her abusive father and in his own attempt to control her re-animates her into a terminator out for gory revenge on the neighborhood. probably more weird…

  • Hideout in the Sun

    Hideout in the Sun

    ★★★

    two bank robbing brothers straight out of an on-the-run noir need to lie low after a heist goes wrong, so they choose to hideout in a... florida nudist commune for a bit... and discover the joys of love (and, uh, freedom of expression) which are much more fun than being killed over money. not sure i've seen such a pure, barebones exploitation premise like this mined for genuine romance. gonna need to check out more doris wishman.

  • Deadly Games

    Deadly Games

    ★★

    a sleepy drama about small-town middle-aged swingers that opens and closes with sequences from an entirely different movie about a slasher killer who likes board games or something? ends on a climactic freeze frame that will make you go "... wait what?"

  • Cop au Vin

    Cop au Vin

    ★★★

    starts as a bourgeoisie class satire about a mother and son resisting eviction from a conspiracy of local businessmen and slowly morphs into a murder mystery where every character is a bit eccentric and shitty and plotting the downfall of others. took a moment to adjust to the deliberately flat comedic sensibility but the controlled camerawork does a good job of locking you into the character's various competing agendas.

  • The Burning Hell

    The Burning Hell

    ★★★

    talked about in full alongside If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? (1971) 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 (102!! 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 106 free episodes over on soundcloud, itunes or spotify.

  • If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do?

    If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do?

    ★★★★

    talked about in full alongside The Burning Hell (1974) 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 (102!! 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 106 free episodes over on soundcloud, itunes or spotify.

  • The Heroic Trio

    The Heroic Trio

    ★★★★

    johnnie to recruits three of the hottest hong kong actresses of all time and has them team-up on a ridiculously melodramatic superhero origin story and some absurdly violent gun fights/wuxia wire action to stop an evil, baby-kidnapping supernatural monk overlord that lives in the sewer. the action alone is so visually kinetic and maximalist it's honestly dizzying. a nonstop barrage of borderline slapstick choreography, wide-angle lens movement, fog machines, squibs/gore gags, bizarre angles and colors. has some of the most…

  • The Hills Have Eyes Part II

    The Hills Have Eyes Part II

    ★★

    pretty lazy sequel that has no idea what to do with the harrowing disintegration of a naïve suburban american family in the first film so just writes a few of the surviving characters (and some i'm certain didn't survive???) completely incomprehensibly into a generic teen slasher plot about a motocross team that returns to the same hills for basically no reason. not the worst looking movie, a few of the deaths are gruesome and the finale has a Texas Chainsaw