• Kedi

    Kedi

    ★★★

    Look, I'm concerned about the very lax feline population control policy on display in this movie but oh well it's adorable and heartwarming.

  • Nothing but Trouble

    Nothing but Trouble

    They really don't make 'em like this anymore.

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  • A Mighty Wind

    A Mighty Wind

    ★★★★

    "Wha' happened?!"

    Thank you, Mr. Willard.

  • Who Killed Captain Alex?
  • Night of the Living Dead

    Night of the Living Dead

    ★★★★

    Hooptober 5 (2018) - #7

    Even though it's a stone cold classic, and the beginning of an entire horror film genre, I don't revisit this often. When I do, I find it still feels special, even after the zombie menace has seen so many permutations in the years since. It’s simple and sparse and bleak in a way that’s arresting: one house, one truck, one gun, six people, one horde of the undead.

    Within that small context it explores the…

  • Unfriended: Dark Web

    Unfriended: Dark Web

    ★½

    Hooptober 5 (2018) - #17

    A slave to its format, which is no longer a novelty, this wanders into hazy technical territory and weaves a narrative that puzzles without frightening, and makes a distracting mess in the process.

  • Shadow of the Vampire

    Shadow of the Vampire

    ★★

    Hooptober 5 (2018) - #15

    "Oh. The script girl. I'll eat her later."

    Look, I could watch Dafoe literally chew up the scenery all night, but unfortunately this movie is also full of bad accents, absurd dialogue, and a crisis re: whether it's horror, comedy, or neither. Like if Mel Brooks directed a giallo while having a stroke.

  • Revenge

    Revenge

    ★★★

    Hooptober 5 (2018) - #8

    Exquisite, brutal, and hot. Sweat, fire, bullets, dirt, and blood. Misogyny is a perfectly honed weapon against itself.

  • eXistenZ

    eXistenZ

    ★★★

    Hooptober 5 (2018) - #6

    "What is that? Some kind of big bug?"

    Thirteen year old me would've absolutely adored this, and it's a shame he missed out. He was a total sucker for these late 90s VR movies.

    It hasn't aged really well, the techno-cheese is heavy, and there are obviously some other problems, but let's just appreciate what Cronenberg did here to make virtual reality tech weird and gross and highly sexual all at the same time. Always lube your bioports before jacking in, kids.

    And where is Willem Dafoe's Oscar?

  • Jason X

    Jason X

    Hooptober 5 (2018) - #10

    "We love premarital sex!"

    One star just for the way old J dispatches the blonde doctor lady right after his nap. Before he even has coffee. What a pro!

    It turns out everyone in the space future is super greedy / horny and wears artsy sweaters (knitted by some unseen space nana?). Most of the kills are unceremonious, the overused digital effects are heinous (the budget presumably consumed by sweater design), and the blatant ripoffs of decent sci-fi franchises are cringey. I really can't blame Mr. Voorhees for his unflinching drive to put an end to this nonsense.

  • What We Do in the Shadows

    What We Do in the Shadows

    ★★★★

    Hooptober 5 (2018) - #5

    "Just leave me to do my dark bidding on the internet!"

    A treasure. The reality show production style and convincing effects lend this an authenticity that perfectly sells the silliness along with the emotional weight that grounds it.

    Plus the jokes just never stop.