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  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★½

    As someone who grew up in the Sacramento area,

    and as someone who also attended a Catholic high school,

    and, in fact, graduated in 2002,

    I can confirm, with profound authority:

    Lady Bird is hella tight.

  • Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers

    Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers

    ★★★½

    Part of Hoop-Tober IV
    Film #8: Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers Blu-Ray
    [Decades: 80s (1/6)]

    Forget everything you think you know about Fred Olen Ray's Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers...

    Nah, just kidding. It's exactly what it sounds like. Topless chainsaw-wielding babes making human sacrifices to a blood cult led by Gunnar Hanson (resembling a late-era Orson Welles but with zero charisma). Along the way we're treated to a silly hard-boiled detective spoof that I thought was mildly funny, and a very thin plot…

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  • Fire in the Sky

    Fire in the Sky

    ★★★½

    Ten minutes of "Fire in the Sky" are among the scariest in any film I've ever seen. They terrified me as a child, and continue to terrify me as an adult. It's a really effective and haunting segment, unfortunately you have to wait nearly an hour and a half to get to it. The rest of the (wayyy) overlong film is fine, and I like the actors (even if they have pretty much nothing to do), but it feels like a made-for-TV drama treading water for most of it's runtime.

    Still... Those ten minutes!! "Spacesuits." Chills.

  • Frankenhooker

    Frankenhooker

    ★★★★

    Part of my Hoop-Tober challenge - Tales from the Black Bramford

    Film #2 - Frankenhooker

    Going from 1939's Son of Frankenstein to 1990's Frankenhooker was quite a leap! Haha. But one that illustrates how fruitful the central premise can be. There were dozens of Frankenstein films between, yet this still manages to be fresh and original.

    Having seen Basket Case and Brain Damage, this was my third venture into the world of Frank Henenlotter, and one that I had been…