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  • Howl of the Devil

    Howl of the Devil

    ★★★½

    "While Paul Naschy’s El aullido del diablo, a.k.a. The Howl of the Devil, isn’t strictly a werewolf film, it does include a brief appearance by his signature character, Waldemar Daninsky, one of many monsters he appears as over the course of what turns out to be a particularly perverted psycho-sexual odyssey. Naschy’s most monstrous character, though, is the decidedly human Hector Doriani, a failed stage actor living in the shadow of his dead brother Alex, a horror star of the…

  • Trees Lounge

    Trees Lounge

    ★★★★½

    "After playing an aspiring indie filmmaker in Alexandre Rockwell’s In the Soup and a practicing one in Tom DiCillo’s Living in Oblivion, it was inevitable that Steve Buscemi would choose to step behind the camera himself. After cutting his teeth with the 1992 short What Happened to Pete, in which he wrote, directed, and starred, he made his feature debut with Trees Lounge, which premiered at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival (where it competed for the Camera d’Or), the first…

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  • The Sparks Brothers

    The Sparks Brothers

    ★★★★★

    "Sometimes I think it's the setbacks that make you stronger." --Russell Mael

    An exhaustive documentary about siblings Ron and Russell Mael, who have been making music as Sparks for half a century and show no signs of stopping anytime soon. It's overwhelming, but in the best way imaginable. Frankly, there's no better way to spend 140 minutes in a darkened theater and you'll come out of it with a new favorite band.

    That said, I want a comprehensive soundtrack release, because there's no way I can afford to buy up their entire back catalog. Make it happen, Edgar!

  • Querelle

    Querelle

    ★★★★

    "Objectivity is the companion of total power. It holds sway over unchallengable moral authority. It's a perfect social organization."

    Among the artists cited as being influenced by Tom of Finland in the documentary Daddy and the Muscle Academy are photographers Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts and director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, whose Jean Genet adaptation Querelle in particular gets singled out. It's easy to see why with its array of oft-shirtless sailors in their white suits and cute berets, the construction…

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  • Gaslight

    Gaslight

    What's that? You say there's a movie called Gaslight? Sorry, dear. Never heard of it. You must have imagined the whole thing.

  • Saving Christmas

    Saving Christmas

    This "film" has a running time of about 79 minutes. Here's how that breaks down:

    5.5% - Kirk Cameron's smug, hot chocolate-obsessed introduction
    3% - A seemingly unmotivated cutaway to what looks like a much more interesting movie but is, in fact, not (Bonus: We get to see this footage again in its entirety when it's placed in the proper context)
    2.5% - Cheaply animated opening credits set to a ska cover of "Silent Night"
    7.5% - Kirk's "brother-in-law" --…