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  • Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.

    Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.

    ★★★★

    This documentary captures both why M.I.A. was a global phenomenon, and also why she's a huge role model for so many (myself included).

  • Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

    ★★

    "Jedi don't have nightmares" - Anakin Skywalker

  • Blue Velvet

    Blue Velvet

    ★★★★½

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

    "You see that clock on the wall? Five minutes from now, you're not going to believe what I've told you." - Jeffrey Beaumont

    Lynch struggles with three main topics in this film and his other movies, and they're all front and center here: 1) Abuse, 2) The Veneer of Americana (and the harsh reality it's covering up), and 3) The Rift Between Dreams/Nightmares and Reality. Lynch uses sound and surreal imagery throughout to build upon the abusive americana nightmare he…

  • I Am Here....Now

    I Am Here....Now

    ½

    "Have we died and gone to heaven? Is this heaven?"

    "No, this is not heaven." - Neil Breen

    Breen films are terrible, as is well documented at this point. Somehow, this one threw me into existential crisis mode. Usually I can get a good laugh out of a terrible movie, but I found myself consistently drawn to the thought of lost time. Sure, I was losing an hour and a half of my life watching this thing, but imagine the…

  • Troll 2

    Troll 2

    ★★★★★

    Still a masterpiece of so bad it's good cinema. A must watch if you want to appreciate the art of filmmaking and see it at its clumsiest.

  • In a Corner

    In a Corner

    ★★

    Halloween Marathon 2019:
    Horror Through the Decades #11.8, The 1990s.

    I feel like this would work well as a trailer, which it essentially was as a prototype for The Grudge, but it doesn't really stand alone all that well.

    The last of three short films I've watched tonight.

  • I Was a Teenage Serial Killer

    I Was a Teenage Serial Killer

    ★★★½

    Halloween Marathon 2019:
    Horror Through the Decades #11.4, The 1990s.

    I love the punk stylings of this revenge fantasy flick, and the home video quality adds to its raw texture. The blunt message of allowing yourself to speak out against daily oppression is empowering today, and I can only imagine just how much more empowering it would have been thirty years ago.

    The second of three short films I'll watch tonight.

  • Two Sisters

    Two Sisters

    ★★★

    Halloween Marathon 2019:
    Horror Through the Decades #11, The 1990s.

    Gosh, the flowing animation style in this short is gorgeous. I love the way animator utilizes light and darkness to highlight characters, their environments, and movement.

    The first of three short films I'll watch tonight.

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★★½

    "There's just some things you have to do. Don't mean you have to like it!" - Drayton Sawyer (Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

    When people ask me why I'm a vegetarian (which happens a lot back in the midwest), I tell them that it's an empathy issue. If they push me harder on that point, I ask them if they'd still eat meat if they had to kill the animal themselves. They tend to shrug and tell me that they're, "Just the…

  • Horror Brunch

    Horror Brunch

    ★★★

    Halloween Marathon 2019:
    Horror Through the Decades #10.8, The 1980s.

    A lot of love for the horror genre went into the making of this gore fest, and each trick looks like it was a blast to pull off.

    The last of five short films I'll watch tonight.

  • A Christmas Treat

    A Christmas Treat

    ★★★

    Halloween Marathon 2019:
    Horror Through the Decades #10.6, The 1980s.

    Man, that new Grinch movie is looking great!

    The fourth of five short films I'll watch tonight.

  • Possibly in Michigan

    Possibly in Michigan

    ★★★★½

    Halloween Marathon 2019:
    Horror Through the Decades #10.4, The 1980s.

    "LOVE SHOULDN'T COST AN EYE AND AN ARM!"

    Alright, even though this film is a very much grounded in 80s culture, it feels incredibly modern stylistically, as though one were to ask David Lynch to remake the first season of Twin Peaks by condensing it down to about 12 minutes in the style of "Too Many Cooks" or Jack Stauber's lo-fi animation on YouTube. Incredible stuff, I highly recommend giving this a watch before Halloween ends.

    The third of five short films I'll watch tonight.