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    ★★★

    While seriously rough around the edges, this early venture by De Palma into indie cinema has a certain charm to it. After watching Noah Baumbach's excellent De Palma documentary, it's clear just how autobiographical this film is, from Denis' relationship with his brother to the father's infidelity and Denis' voyeurism attempts to catch him in the act. The framing of the narrative around Denis filming the people in his life is fairly well realized and I do like the "extra…

  • Piranha Part Two: The Spawning

    Piranha Part Two: The Spawning

    ★★★

    Joe Dante's 1978 creature feature classic Piranha is my go to reference for how to do a monster movie right: likeable characters, subtle sense of humor, and practical effects used sparingly. James Cameron's Piranha Part Two: The Spawning does absolutely none of that, yet still somehow manages to be endearing in its own right.

    Despite being known for extravagant budgets and an overreliance on CGI these days, it's weird to see a Cameron movies from his days with Roger Corman.…

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  • Venom

    Venom

    ★½

    VENOM is real weird. The interesting part is that there’s moments where it could work as early Cronenberg body horror movie. Like SCANNERS style government conspiracy stuff

  • The Swinging Cheerleaders

    The Swinging Cheerleaders

    ★★★★

    Jack Hill goes John Hughes. In spite of genre, there's a lot of subversion of genre going on here, from the counter-culture journalist actually being a junkie gangbanger to the airhead jock actually having some morals. Even when the film explodes into anarchic comedy brawling, there's an undercurrent of Hill's signature anti-establishment leanings: footballers vs the fuzz, cheerleaders vs the cheaters, and the system ends up with egg on its face.

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  • The Bye Bye Man

    The Bye Bye Man

    ★½

    Let's get one thing straight: this movie is garbage. The script is nonsensical and full of holes, the acting defines ameteur, and the editing is a nightmare.

    That being said, the audience at my screening made this so much more fun than it would have been if I watched it by myself at home. There is so much unintentional humor in this that the audience was laughing its ass off the entire time. I probably should have rated this much lower, but the good time the audience was having was too infectious and I found myself laughing along with them.

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★½

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

    Man, I was honestly really let down by that. As someone who was indifferent to The Force Awakens, this felt like neither a step forward or backward, but a jump off the map completely and not in a way that was some artistic stroke of brilliance.

    - The Snoke twist felt like a cop out. Rather than admitting they had created a thin Palpatine replacement, they just opted to kill him off and stick Kylo in as his replacement. Unfortunately,…