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  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★★

    climactic setpiece takes the shanghai sequence from Skyfall and brings it into the realm of the new wave of hyper-violent indonesian martial arts cinema. laurence fishburne yells "sometimes you gotta cut a motherfucker." obviously loved this. the technical aspects of the choreography, camera and performers is still astounding but i was particularly struck here by how in tune stahelski is with the more inelegant details of combat as well. the limitations of both the gear (a few genuinely amazing beats…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★★

    as visually impeccable as i remember; maintaining the kinetic rhythm of the action while delivering a huge style upgrade; locations, compositions and lighting all monumentally more expressive. i covered my love of how this abstracts the first film’s technical proficiency into something sadder and dreamier pretty thoroughly already when i originally wrote about it but that was before the common take revealed itself to be "cool! bit messier and more hollow though, john's revenge motivation is less fun than the…

  • Old Town Road

    Old Town Road

    somehow the most real-deal country song that's gone mainstream in forever—production combination of banjo, trap and a nine inch nails sample in the modern pop landscape feels like a genuine outlaw move—and it features billy ray cyrus singing about the goddamn marlboro man lmao. also genuinely funny, the vince staples bit nearly killed me.

  • Pet Sematary

    Pet Sematary

    ★★★★

    patently flawed and occasionally silly but rides a very specific line of writerly idiosyncrasy, economical filmmaking and gruesome despair that i was very into.

  • Her Smell

    Her Smell

    ★★★

    "im not just here to watch becky inflict pain on others."

    expertly calibrated camera, editing and sound design that locks you into the psychological orbit of an abuser. love the concept of the structure, skipping past the rise and documenting only the fall in claustrophobic, real-time vignettes that echo the very real experience of watching someone you love hit rock bottom. moss is a force and there are some genuinely great supporting performances on the periphery (eric stoltz especially), but…

  • Stella Shorts 1998-2002

    Stella Shorts 1998-2002

    ★★★★

  • Mothra

    Mothra

    ★★★

  • Rodan

    Rodan

    ★★★

    rodan, upon seeing his buddy fall into lava and burn to death, sets himself on fire with lava and burns to death. a real ride or die homie.

  • Cannibal! The Musical

    Cannibal! The Musical

    ★★★

    talked about in full alongside The Toxic Avenger (1984) on episode 67 of my genre and exploitation film podcast SLEAZOIDS with special guest mitch visscher, which you can listen to for free on soundcloud by clicking here.

    you can also listen to this episode (and all previous free episodes) over on itunes or spotify.

  • The Toxic Avenger

    The Toxic Avenger

    ★★★

    talked about in full alongside Cannibal! The Musical! (1993) on episode 67 of my genre and exploitation film podcast SLEAZOIDS with special guest mitch visscher, which you can listen to for free on soundcloud by clicking here.

    you can also listen to this episode (and all previous free episodes) over on itunes or spotify.

  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

    Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

    ★★

    yeah let's just take a cathartic work of national grief and guilt and re-edit/dub it so none of that pain or soul registers, remove any and all mention of nuclear fallout and instead include an american protagonist bumbling around because i guess treating the japanese characters as people we should care about is asking too much. americans are so dumb. few know this.

  • Godzilla Raids Again

    Godzilla Raids Again

    ★★★

    the bastard spawn of the hydrogen bomb is back on his bullshit.