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  • Woodstock 99: Peace, Love, and Rage

    ★★★★

  • Evil Genius

    ★★½

  • Who Killed Little Gregory?

    ★★★★

  • The Sons of Sam: A Descent Into Darkness

    ★★★½

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  • Capricorn One

    Capricorn One

    An interesting premise bogged down with tedious, stop-and-go pacing. The conspiracy thriller vibe doesn't really work without a mystery, and here, a detective investigates the conspiracy after it has already been explained to the audience. For serious?

    Capricorn One does have a few good action sequences (like Elliot Gould's out-of-control car) but it's too long and corny overall to be a classic. A forlorn reading of "Fox in Socks" and pointless cameos from Karen Black and Telly Savalas notwithstanding.

  • Invocation of My Demon Brother

    Invocation of My Demon Brother

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    ZAP
    YOU'RE PREGNANT
    THAT'S WITCHCRAFT

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  • 5 Dead on the Crimson Canvas

    5 Dead on the Crimson Canvas

    ★★★

    While not good in the classic sense, 5 Dead on the Crimson Canvas is very entertaining. It looks like it was filmed in another dimension. The dubbing has that odd, disembodied quality which reminds me of Manos: The Hands of Fate. There's bizarre gore, awkward nudity, and also some intentional comedy. I also appreciate that a beatnik name-drops the title in a spoken word poem, which is followed by a round of finger-snapping.

  • The Little Mermaid

    The Little Mermaid

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I began watching this yesterday believing it was the Czech adaptation from 1976. After I tracked the Czech version down and watched it, I returned to this rather loose Russian adaptation (also from 1976.) The early underwater shots of mermaids are fantastic, but this is even farther from the Hans Christian Anderson story than the Disney version was (besides the ending.) The little mermaid is almost a third party here, which focuses instead on a peasant who heroically sacrifices himself…