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  • Rear Window
  • The Thing
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  • Undisputed

    ★★★

  • The Purge: Anarchy

    ★★★½

  • RoboCop

    ★★★★½

  • The Purge

    ★★½

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  • Black Samurai

    Black Samurai

    ★★★

    I’m pretty sure Jim Kelly tried to punch a bird in the dick in this movie. Birds mostly don’t have dicks, but he damn well tried his best.

    [Alamo Season Pass]

  • Claire's Knee

    Claire's Knee

    ★★★½

    I have deeply mixed feelings about Claire’s Knee, one of Eric Rohmer’s Six Moral Tales. I think the film (and director) knows what an utter fucking bastard the lead, Jerome, is. I know the film thinks he’s a buffoon – the directorial stand-in, Aurora, writer and friend of Jerome, is constantly watching him with a smirk, pushing him toward folly and observing his failures, moral and otherwise. But does the film cut him too much slack? And does Rohmer’s unnatural…

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  • Undisputed

    Undisputed

    ★★★

    More Walter Hill catch-up. This is a weird one, it really doesn’t feel like a Hill film stylistically - too much hip-hop, too many fast cuts, too many fades and dissolves in the editing. It’s a solid story with a great cast, a prison boxing movie in the tradition of Penitentiary but without the grotesqueries. Ving Rhames and Wesley Snipes square off, with a hell of a supporting cast, all leading up to the big fight. Series is better known for its later Scott Adkins entries though.

    Walter Hill films ranked here.

  • The Purge: Anarchy

    The Purge: Anarchy

    ★★★½

    Man was this a huge improvement on the first movie, retaining the satire and political commentary of the first but adding far better action and excitement and showing us the actual insanity of the Purge. Plus Frank Grillo and his crazy Mad Max car. Interest in the franchise rekindled.

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  • The Perfection

    The Perfection

    ★★½

    I am genuinely uncertain whether what I just watched was terrible terrible, or hilariously awesomely terrible. And I'm not sure if the director and cast know either. But I wasn't bored.

    I attended a screening with a Q&A from director Richard Shepard and stars Alison Williams and Logan Browning, and Shepard said the film was shot in 24 days, cheap and fast, from an idea he developed himself for Williams, and that seems about right. Shepard also said his inspiration…

  • X

    X

    ★★★½

    [Alamo Season Pass]

    A real throwback to ‘70s horror full of gore and T+A (and laughs), this was a fun ride that’s heavily indebted to the work of Hooper and Hitchcock. A far better spiritual reboot of TCM than Netflix’s recent interesting but flawed version. Quite enjoyed it.

    Couple notes:

    1. Jenna Ortega is having a hell of a year.

    2. Shout out also to Martin Henderson as the genial ringleader of the porn shoot. He takes a sleazy, smarmy…