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  • Last Days of Coney Island

    Last Days of Coney Island

    ★★★

    It's hard to examine in this unfinished state, but I'm glad to see it at all. If you're familiar with Bakshi's classic '70s and early '80s films, you know to expect some problematic if intriguing elements.

    I love parts of this production, especially the tone and the collage backgrounds. Even half-finished, his cut and pasted city streets look incredible.

    If anyone has proven they deserve whatever funds they need for a feature, it's Bakshi. I hope he continues to create in whatever man
    medium he finds most satisfying.

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★★

    Bring young and truly passionate has to be tough. I was mildly passionate as a kid, but it was kept in check by a clever balance of fear, peer pressure, and strategically placed bullies. But for a truly romantic youth, you're overwhelmed with these feeling no one can explain to you, not that anyone would ever try. I'm not saying every "troubled" kid is secretly some poet warrior, but maybe we should start giving them the benefit of the doubt.…

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  • Dawn of the Dead

    Dawn of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    Hoop-tober is Grinch Night (Hoop-tober 4.0).

    I watched a mall die; not all at once, but over the course of decades. When I was young, it had everything: department stores, a pet store, a food court, an arcade, even a comic book shop. After the newer mall opened, everything left, until it had only a discount arcade (“Every game’s a nickel!”), and they really only opened the front doors so senior citizens could walk there. I saw my favorite performance…

  • Decoder

    Decoder

    ★★★½

    The best candidate yet for Vaporwave: The Movie.

    Sometimes I get the feeling that society is an organism designed to stifle individuality and co-opt rebellion. I don't feel that way all the time, but this crazy flick brought that to the forefront.

    Featuring musical pioneers like FM Einheit and Genesis P-Orridge and a cameo by William S. Burroughs, this film holds plenty of street cred. The soundtrack deserves its own cult following. The main draw for me has to be…