the abominable dr. vibes

the abominable dr. vibes

Layman. Occasional filmmaker and eternal dumbass. Procrastinating on a fantasy novel. I'm sure I'll bore you with it eventually.

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  • Shadow of the Lotus

    Shadow of the Lotus

    There was a brief span of time, in Vancouver, when disparate directors set their minds to microbudget action-exploitation films drawing on Hong Kong's deep influence over this city's culture. Ryan Nicholson's Live Feed, Bruce Fontaine's Beyond Redemption and Jeff L'Heureux's Shadow of the Lotus exemplify this minor movement, drawing on Hong Kong's Category III gross-outs, triad dramas, and girls-with-guns action flicks (respectively). As you can tell by the directors' names, these aren't authentic Asian-Canadian films; you will not mistake them…

  • YellowBrickRoad

    YellowBrickRoad

    Tiny-budgeted, highly ambitious journey into Hell, or someplace worse. It might have just been the mood I was in, but unlike most Letterboxd folks, I suppose, (and in stark contrast to a lot of horror folks I respect, who very much didn't like this one), I found this movie deeply unnerving, capturing a perfect Lovecraftian or even Ligottian vibe. Certain of the imagery and sound -- the human scarecrow, the punishing bursts of old-timey music, a creepy recollection of a…

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  • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

    Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

    This is the spot where a Friday the 13th movie became a "Jason movie" with a defiant shift in tone, from the previous grindhouse exploitation vibe into a supernatural, Universal monster-influenced, comic book Gothic. This is where Jason began to compete with Freddy on his own pop-culture turf.

    The evolution of Jason is more interesting to me than Freddy or Michael Myers precisely because it was an evolution. Unlike Freddy, Myers, Pumpkinhead, Pinhead and so on, Jason Voorhees was not

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

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

    My pet theory, my favourite way to watch this movie (and I believe it's supported by the text) is that not only is Deckard a replicant, everyone in the movie knows it except him. My other favourite theory is that "Is Deckard a replicant?" is completely beside the point.

    Everyone has a story about themselves that carries them through the day. Everyone has a story about other people to make them make sense. Narratives can make life easier, simpler. They're…