josh has written 642 reviews for films during 2020.

  • Allied

    Allied

    ★★★★

    zemeckis really went josef von sternberg mode.

  • Murder Death Koreatown

    Murder Death Koreatown

    ★★★★

    LA 4chan found footage horror movie sounds like a bad idea but its mysterious exploitation origins combined with its descent into qanon madness as it gets more and more formally unhinged really got under my skin. felt a feature length version of that moment when you've just turned off the lights and have to walk across the dark space to get to safety and have all those completely irrational thoughts/anxieties about an unknown force that might jump out and get you before you make it back to the light.

  • Hunter Hunter

    Hunter Hunter

    ★★★

    appears on its surface like another dtv survivalist action movie about a family of fur trappers vs. a wolf with a taste for human flesh but by the end it very much isn't that (at least not quite as literally, anyway) and i'll leave it at that because i appreciated having very little idea where this was going. snuck in just under the wire with a climax that rivals Possessor for most gruesome image i saw in a movie this year. nice to see devon sawa and nick stahl again.

  • Mad Max

    Mad Max

    ★★★★

    fuel-injected suicide machine. the new 4K blu-ray from kino makes that biker truck hit at the very end pop off the screen the same way that man's eyes pop out of his skull. one of the greatest dummy hits of all time, RIP hugh keays-byrne.

    full discussion on episode 108 of my podcast SLEAZOIDS.

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    "i think we can... we can be sorry, even when we don’t feel sorry. for us to say, to make a decision of the will. "god, i am sorry. god, forgive me." and that’s a decision of the will."

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    when they said wonder woman 1984 i thought they meant like neon colors and synths but they meant all the horrifying, reagan era geopolitics and middle eastern stereotypes. doesn't help that it also looks like shit and has no sense of character or pace, it can't even successfully recreate the clean action or lead chemistry that the first film had let alone attach them to some sort of story, the whole thing just bizarrely lumbers to its 5 minutes of…

  • Silent Night, Deadly Night

    Silent Night, Deadly Night

    ★★★★

    cackle every single time i get to the scene where the cop just straight up guns santa down in front of a bunch of orphans, spraying his blood all over them. we later find out this was actually the local priest and not the sexually-repressed, violently traumatized santa that is out and about decapitating sledders and hoisting teenagers onto mounted reindeer texas chainsaw meathook style. fun movie. if like me you are a pyscho.

    full discussion on episode 47 of my podcast SLEAZOIDS.

  • The Painted Bird

    The Painted Bird

    ★★★

    merry christmas lol

  • Jack Frost

    Jack Frost

    ★★

    talked about in full alongside Christmas Evil (1980) 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.

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  • Kanal

    Kanal

    ★★★★

    fatalism and filth.

  • A Man Escaped

    A Man Escaped

    ★★★★★

    a formally stripped-down, detailed process of human resilience in the face of historical deprivation and isolation.

  • Remember

    Remember

    ★★★

    a history of violence. personally would like to see more geriatric toronto jewish man exploitation movies.