• Tougher Than Leather

    Tougher Than Leather

    ★★½

    a weird mess but kind of fascinating! it almost manages to be a shambly hip-hop exploitation revenge movie but seems very confused as to when it should be what kind of picture. opens in an oddball way that gave me high hopes for what would follow but the rest of the movie is not nearly as assured. some great Run DMC tunes though!!!!

  • Back to Back

    Back to Back

    ★★★½

    fun DTV action from the director of ~checks notes~ TREKKIES and TREKKIES II?! The cast on this thing though... Michael Rooker, Ryo Ishibashi, John Laughlin, Bobcat Goldthwait, Danielle Harris, Fred Willard, Tim Thomerson... just a cavalcade of bit players getting some due. nicely energetic action to boot. feels PM Entertainment adjacent.

  • Riding the Edge

    Riding the Edge

    ★★★

    fair example of the "teen in geo-political peril" thriller. it is pretty sporadically peppered with fun adventure-y action but it always remains watchable and I wasn't really chceking the clock at any point - even if it opens and closes more strong than the rest of the movie.

  • Hospitals Don't Burn Down

    Hospitals Don't Burn Down

    In the long lineage of public service scare films, this is definitely one of the wildest! Gives the fire in Backdraft a run for it's money in only 20 mins.

  • 200

    200

    government funded LSD-trip style propaganda

  • Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

    Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

    ★★★½

    I have come to love the incongruous mix of silly 80s slasher tones and grotty sleazy scuzz this one has.

  • Rawhead Rex

    Rawhead Rex

    ★★★

    people love to hate on this movie because of the creature design being so rubbery and silly but imagine how ~dreadfully~ boring this movie would be if they kept it hidden the whole time?????? anytime Rex has to run it's a true delight.

    last time I watched this was about a year ago and I didn't log it, which means I was either drunk or didn't pay close attention while it was on. anyway, it's fine! in another year or two I'll go "oh yeah, Rawhead Rex I should see that again" and probably feel the exact same way.

  • The Brain

    The Brain

    ★★★

    made it an Ed Hunt Nite™ after watching Bloody Birthday. Bruce joked that since this was 7 years later that Ed Hunt must have matured as a filmmaker and then their credit as "Edward Hunt" came up and we shared a good laugh.

    I always want to like this one more than I do - it has all the elements of a sure-fire hit! dollar-bin Chronenbergian paranoia thriller plotting and 50s-sci-fi baloney updated for the 80s! honestly the worst part…

  • Bloody Birthday

    Bloody Birthday

    ★★★★

    these kids are ruthless. the tone of this movie is like an early wave slasher (minus the whodunnit aspect) and a weird 70s hangover vibe. the music will all of a sudden sound like "a very special episode of Bloody Birthday" sitcom ass music right after these kids decide to shoot someone in the head for basically no reason. wild stuff, and honestly well put together. showing all of this (mostly) from the kid's POV makes it much more unnerving.

  • Death Riders

    Death Riders

    ★★★★

    documentary slash commercial (docmmercial?) about the touring Death Riders stunt show. my favourite of the stunts is when a guy just gets into a box with a stick of dynamite and then blows the box up. there's a lot of down-home country-boy music, narration about how much they like the local ladies in each city, and great star-wipes/transitions. if you come here for non-stop stunts you might be disappointed, but there's lots of good slo-mo footage of cars flipping and…

  • Jackass Forever

    Jackass Forever

    ★★★★★

    just what the doctor ordered

  • Only the Lonely

    Only the Lonely

    ★★★½

    Honestly this goes a long way on just how charmingly awkward John Candy and Aly Sheedy are together, and I enjoyed that it was a rom com about two weird awkward lonely people and not the usual "one of us will help the other come out of their shell" kind of deal.

    I think there's a case to be made about the older-generation racism stuff not being properly handled but for 1991 and the kind of movie this is, it…