Author Archives: David

Review: Color Out of Space (USA 2019)

I hate to say it, but I think Richard Stanley would have been better off not casting Nic Cage in this. I enjoy an unhinged Cage performance as much as the next guy, but every scene he was in was … Continue reading

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Review: Magnet of Doom (France 1963)

Moody crime film from Jean Pierre Melville? Sign me up. This is definitely one of his weaker efforts – the story about a unemployed boxer (Jean Paul Belmondo) bodyguarding a disgraced French baker on the run (Clouzot regular Charles Vanel … Continue reading

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Review: 6 Underground (USA 2019)

This is … a comedy? About a team of international goodie two shoes assassins led by Batman who are fucking terrible at their jobs? I can’t tell if this was meant to be a comedy. Ryan Reynolds definitely thinks it … Continue reading

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Review: Tokyo Knights (Japan 1961)

This early Seijun Suzuki youth flick is basically an Elvis movie starring Koji Wada as the young heir to a construction combine mixed up in illegal shenanigans. It’s a super breezy, super jazzy (literally) play on Hamlet, and as soon … Continue reading

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Review: Split Second (USA 1992)

Where has this movie been all my life? In all seriousness, how did I not stumble across this on late night Showtime or Cinemax in the 90’s? For the first couple of minutes I thought it was dumb as hell … Continue reading

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Review: Luz (Germany 2018)

A borderline-experimental possession horror film, Luz straddles the line between arthouse and horror, with enough unsettling atmosphere, blood, and nudity to satisfy gorehounds, but an avant-garde approach that wouldn’t seem out of place in a museum installation. It can take … Continue reading

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Review: The White Storm 2: Drug Lords – NYAFF 2019

This is some classic Hong Kong bullshit right here. I saw the original White Storm a while back, but I’m pretty sure this has nothing to do with it. Instead, Herman Yau sets up a wild grudge match between former … Continue reading

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Review: Fly Me to the Saitama (Japan 2019) – NYAFF 2019

I fucking loved this movie. Perhaps the campiest thing I’ve seen in years, this boys-love Romeo and Juliet fable of a Rococo oppressive Tokyo dominating its lame bedroom suburb neighbor Saitama (imagine if folks from New Jersey needed visas just … Continue reading

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Review: The Perfection (2019)

I am genuinely uncertain whether what I just watched was terrible terrible, or hilariously awesomely terrible. And I’m not sure if the director and cast know either. But I wasn’t bored. I attended a screening with a Q&A from director … Continue reading

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Review: The Ranger (USA 2018)

The Ranger, directed by Jenn Wexler and co-written by Wexler and Giaco Furino, is a fun, tight, modern indie slasher, in the tradition of “roll up your sleeves” regional splatter flicks like The Mutilatorand “punks vs. hicks” schlock like Punk … Continue reading

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