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  • Q

    Q

    ★★★★

    Once again, a film I'd only recently revisited shows up on Joe Bob's Last Drive-In Show, and I spend the entirety of its running time skimming to get to Joe Bob's wildly informative interview segments.

    Except, this is Q: the goddamn Winged Serpent we're talking about here. And Michael Moriarty compels one's attention even when the claymation beastie is well out of frame. There's a decent chance this is my favorite Larry Cohen movie.

    And Joe Bob makes the great…

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★★

    On the one hand, this is a total blast and delivers just about everything one could possibly want from a third entry in the John Wick series.

    On the other hand, could have used 110% more of the Tick-Tock Man.

    For real, though, the idea of this film addressing the idea of destroying an intricately-constructed system of government and starting over from scratch in service of doing the right thing - and the degree to which this decision proves fruitless - is fucking WILD and wonderful and thrillingly in-step with the kind of world we're currently living in. Fucking love that they went there.

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  • Bone Tomahawk

    Bone Tomahawk

    ★★★★

    Before it takes a turn into its severely grim final act, this is a surprisingly nimble, endearingly well-cast riff on The Searchers. Of course, that turn is so sharp and so complete that it leads to my one quibble with the film - that it doesn't quite prepare the audience for where it's going to go. Granted, a lot of people are coming into this thinking "cannibal western, all right" but I'm willing to bet most won't have that knowledge,…

  • Evil Dead II

    Evil Dead II

    ★★★★★

    An unparalleled work of cinematic exuberance that finds Raimi exhausting just about every cinematic technique imaginable to craft a wickedly comic sequel/pseudo-remake that somehow still retains the atmosphere of menace the original Evil Dead managed to conjure. This remains a staggering display of big-picture filmmaking, the comedy and horror intertwined in a way that never feels cheap or disingenuous. This is a master class in tonal management, as marvelous for what was conjured in the moment on-set - the performances…