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  • Rabid

    Rabid

    ★★★

    Solid early-Cronenberg.

  • Tourist Trap

    Tourist Trap

    ★★★½

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

    Just learned about the whole revival of Joe Bob Briggs on Shudder... Just picked up a Shudder account... Will be reviewing a LOT of the movies featured on those series over the next good while.

    ANYWAY

    I've actually been meaning to watch this one for a while (whether or not Joe Bob Briggs was involved). Really glad I finally did.

    Features TWO way-better-than-they-should-be-for-this-kind-of-film ("this-kind-of-film" meaning something produced by Charles Band) performances from Chuck Connors and Jocelyn Jones.

    Mannequins can either…

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  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

    The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

    ★★★★

    Fuck J. Edgar Hoover.

  • The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 1: Battles Without Honor and Humanity

    The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 1: Battles Without Honor and Humanity

    ★★★★★

    I love this movie. Kinji Fukasaku's film-making is just so frantic and kinetic. The violence is astoundingly brutal and ruthless. The performances are studied and subdued, yet over-the-top and highly melodramatic when they need to be. The story is such a fantastic, high-speed tale of yakuza crosses and double-crosses... And through it all sits Bunta Sugawara; just being King Badass.

    I'm so glad I've decided to revisit this series. I think I'm setting myself up for a yakuza kick, and may re-watch some Seijun Suzuki stuff I haven't seen in a while, also.