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  • Demons 2

    Demons 2


    As much as I enjoyed the first DEMONS - enough to pay for Synapse Films' expensive but lovely and painstaking Blu-ray steelbook release - I wasn't willing to plunk down another $45 for this sight unseen. A trip to what's probably Dallas' last surviving video rental store (Premiere Video, represent) yielded a VHS copy of this one. And... yep, it's definitely DEMONS in an apartment building. The first film's effective synthesis of elements from other movies feels more obvious this…

  • Death-Scort Service

    Death-Scort Service


    Science fiction can tell you a lot about a society’s aspirations and anxieties; horror is an inside look at what a culture dreads and holds dear in equal measure. That extends to b-movies and low budget affairs too: don’t let anyone tell you THE EVIL DEAD isn’t art. Because I think film’s worth is democratic, I keep my selections eclectic and don’t stand on ceremony about propriety or provenance. My willingness to experience films from all corners means that friends…

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  • Fit



    A slightly stilted look at a woman's inner life, and her mild preoccupation with making things fit into other things. A little crowded, but diverting.

  • A Witches' Ball

    A Witches' Ball


    The things you'll watch for children. I'm gonna need to soak in something after this is over.

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  • Batman Forever

    Batman Forever


    There are many criticisms of this film, and most of them are apt. But it is in three particulars that Batman Forever fails profoundly.

    #1: Making Two-face play second fiddle to The Riddler is a gross error. In narrative terms, you've prioritized a cloud of mosquitoes over a starving Kodiak bear. In acting terms, you've forced Tommy Lee Jones - a raging asshole in person, but one of the finest actors of his generation nonetheless - to mug wildly and…

  • Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling

    Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling