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  • The Addams Family

    The Addams Family

    ★★★

    Seeing Dan Hedaya it became clear to me that this is actually a sequel to Blood Simple, and his character escaped to became an equally sleazy landlord under an assumed name. I didn’t get to see too much of this due to laying down and also people blocking the screen with their chairs, so this is more of a placeholder than a write up, but I will say everyone seemed to have a lot of fun and did their roles…

  • Giant

    Giant

    ★★★★★

    I related to Rock Hudson a lot in this because one of the things I always make sure to do before sleeping in seperate beds with my wife is drink at least one cup of coffee. In a way I was the most impressed by Giant of the trio, although it took its time bringing it all together. Moving through the first section of the story, before Dean strikes oil and the time skip into the 40’s, the story felt…

  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    ★★★

    Ben Gazzara’s pinky ring is so large in this he probably could’ve opened a second club after paying off his debt to the mob. My first Cassavetes film, I jumped into the 135 minute original cut, coming away somewhere in between this feeling slightly half baked and also maybe unappreciated by my unfamiliarity. Cassavetes camera is roaming, and follows a sleazy yet also charming and affable Ben Gazzara around a Los Angeles where the sunset and palm trees always seem…

  • Police Story 2

    Police Story 2

    ★★★½

    Only Jackie Chan could not only beat up both a terminally ill guy as well as a dead dumb man, but have the terminally ill guy apologize to him for doing so. This was as enjoyable as I could hope for a sequel, with the lightning paced fights and comedy just as sharp as the original, although it felt a little unsure of itself at times. Things aren’t helped by the incredibly slowly drawn together beginning, and Chan seems to…

  • The Long Goodbye

    The Long Goodbye

    ★★★★★

    Matching Elliott Gould every time he smokes a cigarette would probably result in instantaneous stage 4 lung cancer. I could only hope a hairy, drunken Sterling Hayden rambling in a sailors voice would be there to greet me on the other side. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen something so equally hilarious as it is disturbing. There’s such a surreal feeling, just from how the title track appears in various guises throughout, it feels like a bit of the mania…

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    I hope that someday I might wind up in a car while Leonardo DiCaprio stands in front of it in a robe and bad wig, yelling at me as he angrily slurps from a pitcher of frozen margaritas. In a weird way, I think this might stand as one of the odder films Quentin Tarantino has put out, and that’s not referencing the over the top scenes or grossly irresponsible amount of feet in this. Narratively, there’s a looseness to…

  • The Big Clock

    The Big Clock

    ★★★½

    Ray Milland needs to learn how to stay away from the booze, although he could’ve known things were fucked the minute George Macready appeared. Our theatre screwed up forgetting the sound with this for the first few minutes, although seeing the stark black and white skyline of the building in silence I’m not sure this couldn’t have worked as a silent too. Overall I found myself a little uneven with this one and the different elements it tried to incorporate,…

  • Blood

    Blood

    ★★½

    I’ve only seen Guru the Mad Monk besides this (at last years Schlock O’Rama to boot) but I now rest assured that Andy Milligan is not a man or a director but is instead a dark lord of the nightmare realm, casting his bizarre visions to the screen. Things make no sense while making complete sense, moments such as Draculas daughter fighting the wolf man amongst the burning ruins of cannibal plants and gimplegged servants can be seen as that…

  • Equinox

    Equinox

    ★★½

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

    If I said the film before this felt like a disorienting trip all too similar to sniffing glue, Equinox took that cake and added a couple layers. Equinox is a movie with heart though. Despite the hazily pieced together plot and production that fluctuates all over the place, there are some genuinely interesting elements throughout, even if they’re thrown together with reckless abandon. The use of the ancient book and that nicely done, creepy doppelgänger swap scene felt very reminiscent…

  • Octaman

    Octaman

    ★½

    Many will cite Rick Baker’s early special effects, but by the end of Octaman, I think it was Davido the Indian who dressed half like a Native American and half like an extra from the Wild Bunch, all while whistling the Mexican hat dance and disappearing in and out of the plot, who really stole the show. Between the near constant cuts between day and night, the pointlessly circular, almost Groundhog Day-esque plot, and characters who conversed with each other…

  • Road House

    Road House

    ★★★★½

    If Richard Widmark broke into my apartment, left me breakfast, then laughed his creepy laugh and left, I wouldn’t even be mad. Road House is a tough film to make out at first, but packs one of the most unexpected second gears I’ve encountered in a noir yet. Whereas I was expecting something closer to the decent but uneven Human Desire, it’s the trifecta of Richard Widmark, Cornel Wilde, and Lupino that transforms something straightforward into terrifying and gripping. The…

  • Viy

    Viy

    ★★★½

    The amount of vodka gulping and borsch slurping in this was truly a sight to behold. Also bowl cuts should definitely make more of a comeback. From the opening monologue Viy exudes that country folklore flair while the USSR pushed anti-religious undertones (such as the slovenly depiction of the seminaries and the greedy nature of the church) add an interesting twist to the tale.  The main character of Khoma is charming in an aloof way and he keeps a good…