Steve Carlson

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  • Shatter Dead

    Shatter Dead

    ★★★★

    One thing I've learned about myself while immersed in the world of SOV is that I no longer really give a tin shit whether or not something is narratively coherent or how formally impressive it is or isn't if, at bottom, it makes emotional sense to me. Shatter Dead is better made than most at this level because Scooter McCrae is a thoughtful dude with a number of strong ideas and a visual sense that finds striking images whenever he…

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  • Blood and Roses

    Blood and Roses

    ★★★★

    Icy and haunted, possessed of a beauty lush yet moribund - nails the ominous yet mournful tone of the inspiring novella (which I'm currently reading). The past will not be escaped or denied, and there's bombs hidden in your cemeteries. All this plus a nod to Cocteau. Is Vadim always this interesting?

  • The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful

    The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful

    ★★★

    A deliciously nasty grindhouse melodrama, a Peyton Place turned cancerous by the roughie tumor growing in its chest. Stark and shadowy in that second-hard Sarno way, with an autumnal wood in November providing a dirty organic rot wholly different yet no less effective than its city-set cousins. Do you want the family man or do you want the swingin' man?

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  • Beyond the Black Rainbow

    Beyond the Black Rainbow

    ★★★★★

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

    Rather than a proper review, I'd like to address something I've been seeing a lot vis-a-vis this here movie. In other words, I'm about to break this shit down real small.

    Great visual experience, but oh that ending! That seems to be a standard knock on Panos Cosmatos's sumptuous, thrilling sensory blast Beyond the Black Rainbow, to where even its champions feel like apologizing the last fifteen away. Nuts to that. Its ending is terrific, a sudden disorienting gearshift that…

  • Kung Fury

    Kung Fury

    Creatively bankrupt dead-eyed smug garbage masquerading as nostalgia-humping homage. Fuck this. Fuck all of this. Fuck everything it represents.