• To Sleep So as to Dream

    To Sleep So as to Dream

    ★★★★

    MOVIE - THE ETERNAL MYSTERY

    a loving, postmodern 80s throwback to 50s japanese noir featuring two detectives who find themselves lost in a surreal silent era mystery (complete with gimmicky formal devices straight out of the 20s), searching for a missing kidnapped girl who may actually be the ghost of an aging actress trapped inside an old, unfinished samurai movie. material is maybe a tad on the too cute side but the stylish execution is really effective and cathartic. hayashi…

  • Don't Let the Riverbeast Get You!

    Don't Let the Riverbeast Get You!

    ★★★★

    "i'm a vagabond. i don't stay in one place for very long. i get itchy feet."
    "just put kitty litter on them!"

    i would protect all the picnic babes from the no-good deviant riverbeast. i could easily kick his ass in a game of hamburger helicopter.

  • A Return to Salem's Lot

    A Return to Salem's Lot

    ★★★

    larry cohen makes one of those sequels in name only that italians loved to make all the time and follows up hooper's eerie, slowburn 70s new england vampire movie with a sillier, almost adventure 80s movie version of the material that includes sam fuller as a former nazi hunter turned vampire hunter and climaxes on a gory community theater action standoff. fun!

  • Swamp Thing

    Swamp Thing

    ★★★

    wes craven's comic book throwback to classic mad scientist monster movies is nowhere near as good as either film but is an admirably goofy and cheap combination of Creature From the Black Lagoon and Southern Comfort. worth a look for anyone interested in seeing military dudes getting fucked up in various swamps and marshes by a dude in a rubber suit, or just spending time with adrienne barbeau.

  • Deadly Blessing

    Deadly Blessing

    ★★★

    pretty thin material that kinda struggles to coherently connect its slasher elements to its supernatural ones but cool to see the precise overlap of craven still very much locked into the troubling family dynamics and rippling violence of religious fundamentalism that defined so much of his first decade of work while also starting to develop the clean suspense craftmenship and psychological dream qualities that would define his next decade of filmmaking. (also this was sharon stone's first movie for anyone interested in... that sorta thing.)

  • All About Ah-Long

    All About Ah-Long

    ★★★

    cute hong kong class melodrama with chow yun-fat as poor, single dad (and former motorcycle racer) reuniting with the mother of his child who due to a series of complicated circumstances left them both behind for a brighter, wealthier future in america. very broad and conventional stuff but johnnie to brings a really solid 80s pop romance style that knows when to deploy music, slomo and color at the rights moments, and the performances from chow and sylvia chang are…

  • JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass

    JFK Revisited: Through The Looking Glass

    ★★★

    not much more going on here than a simplified, greatest hits victory lap for stone but i’ll allow it. the dude was right, the CIA absolutely killed kennedy.

  • Stranger in Our House

    Stranger in Our House

    ★★

    70s teen horror tv movie about an evil force infiltrating and manipulating a cartoonishly domestic family in the form of a long-lost witch cousin that gets kinda fun and weird with the premise in the last 10 minutes or so. however it's a very long journey of linda blair pouting her way through obvious, boring build-up to get to those 10 minutes. genuinely feels like the reveal should've happened a solid 45 minutes before it does and that the other half of the movie is missing. the rare craven miss.

  • The Heartbreak Kid

    The Heartbreak Kid

    ★★★★

    one of the funniest, most pathetic and anxious depictions i've seen of male ego/self-destruction. grodin has this perfectly-pitched awkward confidence of a man who can't help but treat every impulsive decision and interaction as an active sales pitch, and very impressed by may's stillness and control with the camera. makes the neurotic pursuit of the overt delusion (that's obvious to everyone but him) even funnier when it occasionally lingers or pulls back from his POV and just breaks for a split second before we're thrust right back into his single-minded drive.

  • Scream 3

    Scream 3

    ★★★

    talked about in full alongside Scream (1996) and Scream 2 (1997) on episode 207 of my genre and exploitation film podcast SLEAZOIDS, you can listen to the episode for free on soundcloud by clicking here.

    you can also listen to this episode (and all previous free episodes) over on itunes or spotify.

  • Scream 2

    Scream 2

    ★★★★

    talked about in full alongside Scream (1996) and Scream 3 (2000) on episode 207 of my genre and exploitation film podcast SLEAZOIDS, you can listen to the episode for free on soundcloud by clicking here.

    you can also listen to this episode (and all previous free episodes) over on itunes or spotify.

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★★★

    talked about in full alongside Scream 2 (1997) and Scream 3 (2000) on episode 207 of my genre and exploitation film podcast SLEAZOIDS, you can listen to the episode for free on soundcloud by clicking here.

    you can also listen to this episode (and all previous free episodes) over on itunes or spotify.