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  • Revenge

    Revenge

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    Straight-forward, fun, forgivably excessive. Matilda Lutz shines, but all four performances are very good, and bolster an otherwise fairly minimal script. Starts out on a tense, disconcerting note and gradually develops its own brand of outrageousness in a (mostly) fun way.

    There is one absolutely appalling shot in this movie involving an iguana that took me a while to recover from, but beyond that I have no real complaints. An exciting debut, slickly shot and well edited, successfully evoking old-school trash cinema with humor and style.

  • Mandy

    Mandy

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    This is garbage, man. Occasionally elevated by some striking imagery and a good performance by tha Cage, Mandy is about as basic a revenge film (structurally, at least) as you could possibly expect. The story and characters are both deliriously uninteresting, and it fascinates me that a director who seems so attentive to craft and aesthetic would settle for such a simplistic end-product. The over-stylization only exacerbates this problem. Thereโ€™s nothing to think about, here. No meaning.

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  • Puppetmaster

    Puppetmaster

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    Giving Puppetmaster three stars is among the most generous things Iโ€™ve done in my life. Itโ€™s unbelievable that such a chintzy, uninteresting piece of work would, or could, spawn twelve (?) sequels, in a franchise spanning three decades. Sam Raimi only got to make two good Spider-Man movies? In fairness, it probably costs like $50 to make a decent Puppet Master movie, but whatever.

    Um, anyway, this is a pretty crummy little movie but I guess something about it isโ€ฆ

  • The Church

    The Church

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    An overlooked masterstroke of Italian horror, leagues better than similarly beloved classics that came out around this time (looking at you, Demons).

    After a surprisingly brutal and frightening prologue set during the middle ages, the movie slows down a lot in the midst of its set-up; never boring, exactly, but definitely a notch below the scenes that precede and eventually follow it. However, given how light on plot this is, the build is necessary to establish its characters and theโ€ฆ