Mark Palermo

Genre agnostic. Screenwriter of the movie Detention.
Host of The '00s Zone podcast.

Favorite films

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Danger: Diabolik
  • House Party
  • Carrie

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  • The Princess

  • Uncle Sam

    ★★

  • Habit

    ★★★★

  • Phantasm II

    ★★★

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  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★★★½

    Balloons flying above powerlines, an image cribbed from Fritz Lang’s M, is visual shorthand for stolen childhood here as well. There are also elements of Wes Craven’s underrealized My Soul to Take in the idea of shared teenage trauma as collective empowerment, and that’s ultimately where this tale of abuse, extending from bad parenting to schoolyard violence, really excels. The ‘70s soundtrack could be more original than “What songs were in Dazed and Confused?” But otherwise this was pretty tight.

  • Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe

    Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe

    ★★★★

    It cares less about impressing you as a "real" movie, but I actually think this is funnier than Do America. It’s less soft (huh-huh) around the edges and hits closer to the punk antisocialism of the series with its send up of civilization's pieties.

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  • Detention

    Detention

    It's always a tricky proposition when you make dinner for your date and she then demands to see your own movie. I hadn't watched DETENTION in several years, and this is the first time it started to feel like a long time ago and that I was sort of able to experience it as a regular audience member might.

    My date had a couple questions about things like why the neighbours don't hear Riley screaming when chased through suburban backyards.…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★½

    1) I lost my mother in March of this year. Part of that experience is there’s an initial outpouring of sympathy, which of course meant a lot to me, though I was never sure what to say to anyone. Then it mostly stops. I guess people think you’re over the worst of it, but a tragedy of that scope (however universal) is processed in stages over time. It’s too much to weigh it all at once. When a parent dies,…