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  • American Hunter

    ★★★★★

  • Earth Defense Girl Iko-chan 2-Lunna's Secret

    ★★★½

  • Wolf: Running Is Sex

    ★★★★½

  • Earth Defense Girl Iko-chan

    ★★★★

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  • Vampire's Kiss

    Vampire's Kiss

    ★★★★★

    To call Nicolas Cage's performance in Vampire's Kiss "bad" is missing the point. Cage is not bad in this. He is uncorked with all his Cageness spewing all over the set. He's a total lunatic. Pulling wild faces, spinning into fits of unpredictable rage, pointing, screaming, running, jumping on desks, carrying around planks of wood, chattering fake vampire teeth in his ridiculous mouth. A mere description of Cage's performance could never do it justice. It is one of the greatest,…

  • The Boxer's Omen

    The Boxer's Omen

    ★★★★½

    The Boxer's Omen is pure madness on celluloid! I can't thank Chris Purdie enough for recommending this to me. This is everything I could ever want in a film. Here is a paragraph of some things you'll see in The Boxer's Omen because my brain can't construct proper sentences at the moment...

    Violent kickboxing. Bolo Yeung's disproportioned body. Buddhist monks fighting demons. Spiders (that make the spiders from The Beyond look awesome) drinking liquid poison from tiny straws. Conversations with…

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  • Earth Defense Girl Iko-chan 2-Lunna's Secret

    Earth Defense Girl Iko-chan 2-Lunna's Secret

    ★★★½

    I absolutely fucking loved the first Iko-chan film. It was pure Minoru Kawasaki and a loving tribute/piss-take of TV shows I enjoy. Iko-chan 2 is an odd one. It's simultaneously a step up in insanity and a step down. The plot is more frantic and all over the place, taking delightful detours relentlessly. The budget appears lower, shot on video and with shittier effects. But that definitely adds a certain extra charm. The monster scenes are outrageous, and I thoroughly

  • Wolf: Running Is Sex

    Wolf: Running Is Sex

    ★★★★½

    Well, after Door and now this, I really need to see more of Banmei Takahashi's work. In 1979, Takahashi set up his own production company, and you can see him clearly relishing his creative control with this film. RUNNING is SEX 狼 is utterly indefinable, adhering to no genre or convention. With its sixty-minute running time, sexy poster, and Takahashi's past work, I expected a pink film with the requisite sex breaks and low budget. But, despite the oodles of…

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  • My Friend Dahmer

    My Friend Dahmer

    ★★★★

    It's hard to believe that this Ross Lynch is the same Ross Lynch who so brilliantly captures Dahmer's hunched, blank-faced, drunken aura. Lynch spends most of the film expressionless yet he conveys so much through so little. The smallest smile. An awkwardly delivered line. He's perfect. His Dahmer is as sympathetic as he is terrifying. The film outside of Lynch is also solid and subtle (it helps that the source material—Backderf's fantastic graphic novel—is excellent). This is not a gruesome…

  • Cool World

    Cool World

    ★★½

    Cool World is such a frustrating film. Bakshi's talents are on display, but so is the meddling hands of Frank Mancuso, Jr. and Kim Basinger who turned this from a hard R horror film to a befuddling PG-13 disaster. After a nose-punching battle for creativity (Bakshi slugged Mancuso Jr. in the face after hearing what would become of his film), Cool World became a film for nobody. There's too much weird sexy stuff for kids, and not enough substance for…