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  • Blade Runner
  • Streets of Fire
  • Brazil
  • Jacob's Ladder

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  • Ecstatic Stigmatic

    ★★★½

  • The Third Dragon

    ★★★★

  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space

    ★★★★½

  • The Wicked City

    ★★★★

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  • Rubber Band Pistol

    Rubber Band Pistol

    ★★★★½

    If you're lucky, there's this magical time in your life, and you don't recognize when you're in it. Your friends are always around and that feels normal. Even if there's somewhere else you need to be, it won't be the end of the world if you don't show up.

    Crashing on couches. Inside jokes. Making something silly, like a rubber band gun, the most important thing in the world.

    That's how this movie feels, like I'm twenty years old again,…

  • Three Giant Men

    Three Giant Men

    ★★★★

    Had no idea how much I'd enjoy watching Spider-Man murder people. His favorite place to murder people is in the shower, but he'll murder people on the beach or in a cave. The location is secondary to the actual murdering, you understand. He gets creative with it too, like a giallo villain. You can tell he's really passionate about his murdering.

    Jane, you can leave me on it, because I love this crazy thing. The clothes and sets and nightclubs…

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  • Ecstatic Stigmatic

    Ecstatic Stigmatic

    ★★★½

    The Narrator has Criswell in Plan 9 vibes. The copy I saw was taped off a Jersey PBS station, and that blows my mind. If this had aired here around the same time, it would have caused a riot. Still might.

    More accessible than most No wave cinema, but it’s still raw and transgressive and wild. It’s a story of trauma, but there was also plenty of tragedy surrounding the film. Mirielle Cervenka, the star and wife of the director,…

  • The Third Dragon

    The Third Dragon

    ★★★★

    Couldn't find or machine-translate subtitles, but this was still worth watching. It starts off as a kids-on-bikes movie that descends into eerie, depressing Czech sci-fi; sort of like if the Goonies stumbled into Dead Man's Letters. This one will haunt me for a while.

    I'd love love to see this with subs, just to be sure I understood the crazy plot.

    Recommended by the infallible TheNinthHeart.

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  • Dawn of the Dead

    Dawn of the Dead

    ★★★★★

    Hoop-tober is Grinch Night (Hoop-tober 4.0).

    I watched a mall die; not all at once, but over the course of decades. When I was young, it had everything: department stores, a pet store, a food court, an arcade, even a comic book shop. After the newer mall opened, everything left, until it had only a discount arcade (“Every game’s a nickel!”), and they really only opened the front doors so senior citizens could walk there. I saw my favorite performance…

  • Six-String Samurai

    Six-String Samurai

    ★★★★

    “I don’t do polka, baby.”

    My last college roommate was pretty cool. He introduced me to Ingmar Bergman, and I shared the glory that is The Adventures of Pete & Pete. I’d argue that’s a petty fair trade. He also loved this crazy post-apocalyptic action musical comedy, and we had a great time once we finally found a copy.

    Six-String Samurai should’ve been the beginning of something great for the director Lance Mungia and its star Jeffrey Falcon. It created a…