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  • Dune

    ★★★½

  • Doctor of Doom

    ★★★★

  • Pagan Invasion: Halloween: Trick or Treat

    ★★★★½

  • The Raven

    ★★★½

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★½

    You have to appreciate the audacity of Denis Villeneuve, marketing his Dune movie as Dune while actually delivering only the first half of the story with no funding in place to finish the thing off.

  • Doctor of Doom

    Doctor of Doom

    ★★★★

    Luchadoras Lorena Velázquez and Elizabeth Campbell team up in and out of the wrestling ring to defeat the titular Doctor of Doom in René Cardona’s camp-fest.

    Cardona often features mad doctors with weird ideas about crossing man and beast, or in this case: man, beast, and then woman. After successfully planting a gorilla brain in a man, creating his man-beast Gomar, he’s now intent on taking that brain into a lady’s head, and it doesn’t matter how many failures or…

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  • Chopping Mall

    Chopping Mall

    ★★★

    From schlockmeister Jim Wynorski and produced by Julie Corman, Chopping Mall is some seriously Eighties biz. I mean, it’s set in a mall. It takes place almost entirely inside a mall (the Sherman Oaks Galleria). But Eightiesness is just one aspect of charm to this fun thriller about killer robots gone amok. In fact, it’s packed with charms.

    Chopping Mall stars Kelli Maroney, a stand-out from Night of the Comet (1984) and one-time Ryan’s Hope star (my mom loved that…

  • Day of the Woman

    Day of the Woman

    ★★★★

    “All women shit. Women are full of shit,” so says one of the rapists in the 1978 I Spit on Your Grave. And while rape-revenge films are inherently problematic regarding possible feminist underpinnings, there’s reasonable evidence to support that sensibility in this film that was so despised in its day.

    It’s harsh shit, but I’d say it’s also pretty well-produced exploitation, influenced certainly by Deliverance and containing possible analogs to the story of Snow White.

    All the men are shit and are full of shit. And whether catharsis is experienced or not, their eviscerations do have some symbolic quality.