Film Review Archive

  • I am of two minds when it comes to Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s sole trek into “sci-fi.”  Throughout, his touch–stylized but never over the top–is assured.  He shot the film, originally a […]

    World on a Wire

    I am of two minds when it comes to Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s sole trek into “sci-fi.”  Throughout, his touch–stylized but never over the top–is assured.  He shot the film, originally a […]

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  • The problem with sex fetishes, beyond the perhaps obvious, is that to anyone who does not share them they are ridiculous. S&M freaks, furries, Japanophiles (guilty) — anyone who has […]

    From Beyond

    The problem with sex fetishes, beyond the perhaps obvious, is that to anyone who does not share them they are ridiculous. S&M freaks, furries, Japanophiles (guilty) — anyone who has […]

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  • Brian De Palma’s sixteenth film is lurid Hitchcock (a novel idea the Master almost nailed in Psycho, had he not included that abysmal Talking Psychoanalyst at the end), souped up […]

    Body Double

    Brian De Palma’s sixteenth film is lurid Hitchcock (a novel idea the Master almost nailed in Psycho, had he not included that abysmal Talking Psychoanalyst at the end), souped up […]

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  • The tightest, funniest, and most disturbing Stanley Kubrick film since Dr. Strangelove is (so I hear) the Vietnam movie soldiers love best.  In neat halves—the first part takes place in […]

    Full Metal Jacket

    The tightest, funniest, and most disturbing Stanley Kubrick film since Dr. Strangelove is (so I hear) the Vietnam movie soldiers love best.  In neat halves—the first part takes place in […]

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  • This film flirts so closely with miserabilism that, after having seen the first two segments, I was prepared to out and out hate it. But then the movie seemed to […]

    It’s Such A Beautiful Day

    This film flirts so closely with miserabilism that, after having seen the first two segments, I was prepared to out and out hate it. But then the movie seemed to […]

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  • I am not convinced Jodorowsky’s Dune would have been a great movie. I am quite convinced it would have been a terrible Dune. Though Frank Herbert’s book is ultimately about the […]

    Jodorowsky’s Dune

    I am not convinced Jodorowsky’s Dune would have been a great movie. I am quite convinced it would have been a terrible Dune. Though Frank Herbert’s book is ultimately about the […]

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  • I have no doubt someone has used that title before. I have not. But I have seen Don Hertzfeldt’s The Meaning of Life, twice now in about the span of […]

    The Meaning of “The Meaning Of Life”

    I have no doubt someone has used that title before. I have not. But I have seen Don Hertzfeldt’s The Meaning of Life, twice now in about the span of […]

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  • Some observations: -Perhaps more than any other horror film of the 1990s, Scream acts as a fun history lesson.  In chiding and recycling the slasher film tropes of yesteryear, Wes […]

    The Best Horror Movies of the 90s: Scream

    Some observations: -Perhaps more than any other horror film of the 1990s, Scream acts as a fun history lesson.  In chiding and recycling the slasher film tropes of yesteryear, Wes […]

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  • Lame.  Fans of Richard Matheson’s classic novel, I Am Legend, and cheesy, early 70s horror may want to see this flick.  It’s not a faithful adaptation, though, and outside of […]

    The Omega Man

    Lame.  Fans of Richard Matheson’s classic novel, I Am Legend, and cheesy, early 70s horror may want to see this flick.  It’s not a faithful adaptation, though, and outside of […]

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  • Where does it come from: I believe it was an extra on some release – I do not know which, but it has its own IMDB page and was produced […]

    Inferno – Making of the Expendables

    Where does it come from: I believe it was an extra on some release – I do not know which, but it has its own IMDB page and was produced […]

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