• Stuffed

    Stuffed

    ★★★★

    I’m not going to lie, I’m suspicious of taxidermy. When I walk through the Museum of Natural History in New York, I find the dioramas uncanny and haunting because I’m aware it’s a graveyard. The biggest problem I have with Stuffed is how uncritical the documentary is of taxidermy. Sometimes it almost feels like a defense of taxidermy. It tries to tell you that these people have a special connection with nature, but the more that’s repeated, the more I…

  • The Man Who Cheated Himself

    The Man Who Cheated Himself

    ★★★½

    A bare-bones noir that really displays 1950's San Francisco in all its glory. The ending at Fort Point makes it worth the watch, and the rooftop chase reminded me of Hitchcock's Vertigo. There was even a moment where I swear I saw the McKittrick Hotel in the background. Not a masterpiece, but a fun Bay Area film.

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★★

    This is the most Oregon movie I’ve ever seen.

  • I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

    I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

    ★★★★

    This reminds me of something Terry Gilliam would do.

  • Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over

    Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over

    ★★★★½

    This isn’t a documentary that starts from point A and goes to point B. While we do get some of Lunch’s personal history (a flash in the pan shot of her as a little girl, an anecdote about getting a ride from a stranger), the documentary focuses on Lunch’s ideas and themes. There’s no mention of the Dead Boys or how Lunch got her punk name. Although her work is covered, there’s no chronology of it. Her music, spoken word,…

  • Spookies

    Spookies

    ★★★

    Note to self: farting zombies.

  • Clash by Night

    Clash by Night

    ★★★½

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

    As someone who's been cheated on, this movie really pisses me off.

  • Time Piece

    Time Piece

    ★★★★★

    I saw part of this at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, then came back to my hotel and Googled it because I was dying to see the whole thing. I found it on Vimeo. Seeing this makes me want to see all of Henson’s shorts. Playful, energetic, humorous, and it takes chances. Nice 60s era experimental work.

  • Voodoo Island

    Voodoo Island

    ★★★

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

    Three stars for the scene where the kid gets eaten by the plant.

  • Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet

    Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet

    ★★★

    I started watching this because it's attributed to director Curtis Harrington. Unfortunately, I learned he only directed the American scenes, which were the blandest. Despite that, this is a strange and curious film that would appeal to anyone interested in the idea of ancient aliens. The underwater ruins and the robot's "death" were two scenes I loved. Hopefully someday I will see the original Russian cut of the film (known as Planeta Bur, or Planet of Storms).

  • Usher

    Usher

    ★★★½

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

    This was the last of Curtis Harrington's short films that I watched on the Criterion Channel. Harrington's performance wasn't perfect, but I found the short somewhat curious, especially how it called back to his earlier shorts. In his 1942 version of The Fall of the House of Usher, he plays both male and female roles, which he reprises here. And in his 1947 short Fragment of Seeking, a man is haunted by a skeleton with blonde (or white) hair, which is also reprised here at the end.

  • Orgy of the Dead

    Orgy of the Dead

    ★★★½

    I knew almost nothing about this when I started watching it on Mubi. This one is all style and lots of boob shaking. I’m assuming it was made as a showcase for the burlesque dancers. The lack of a strong narrative was disappointing, but the women are all very sexy and they all get naked which made it hard to look away. I gave it an extra half-star for the gold lady.