• Attica

    Attica

    The US really does suck ass.

    If you don't find this brutal or tough to watch in any fashion then there's something wrong with you.

    Showtime's documentaries that I've seen tend to be very well made and well paced and this is no exception. I had no idea what happened at Attica after the violent retaking of the prison by the police and that Holocaust-esqe imagery was horrendous. Overall I wish they could've gone into a little more detail about…

  • Body Heat

    Body Heat

    ★★★★

    Lawrence Kasden can't miss

  • Gandahar

    Gandahar

    ★★★

    I enjoyed it but this felt like a boilerplate pulp sci-fi fantasy. It's very light on the characters so the story and adventure can take center stage, which works to an extent. There are some interesting and fun adventure moments but sometimes things feel kind of stale and the male power fantasy stuff is kind of dated and lame. Sometimes the visuals are very impressive and nice to look at but other times there's so much bleak and depressing colors…

  • The Wonderful Land of Oz

    The Wonderful Land of Oz

    Caught the rifftrax premiere of this movie on YouTube and ended up sitting through the whole thing. Oz is already a very fantastical setting but this filmmaking felt like a fever dream. I feel mean coming down on this but it's just very cheap and not well made on any level. Don't know how the filmmakers legally were able to use Wizard of Oz IP for this.

  • Braindead

    Braindead

    ★★½

    This is at best a practical special effects extravaganza and should be enjoyed as such. Racial stereotypes are what kicks the plot off, and after the halfway point Peter Jackson gives up on trying to tell any clear or coherent story and just lets the cartoony antics unfold. I admire how consistent this over the top style is, but it gets really exhausting when you don't really have any reason to care about any of the characters or what they're doing. Like I said, if you love practical effects in horror films this is a must see.

  • Plan 9 from Outer Space

    Plan 9 from Outer Space

    So my former film studies professor was recently quoted in a BBC article about this film and described it as "Brechtian" among other things. While I wouldn't go so far as to give Ed Wood's work (or lack thereof) such distinction, the film still manages to be somewhat charming despite doing every single thing wrong. It's a pioneer of the bad movies that would undoubtedly sink to lower depths of quality in the coming years. Ed Wood's attempt to make…

  • Yuki

    Yuki

    ★★

    Seven Samurai this is not. There's very little drama or stakes in anything that happens until the last 20 minutes or so, and the title character is kind of just there not really doing much for most of the runtime. To an extent it's satisfying to see poor villagers unite and overcome threats, but it doesn't always make for exciting or interesting movies.

  • Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker

    ★★½

    Really good acting across the board and some very solid horror moments throughout, but unfortunately the film is a classic case of missed potential. The writers (all 3 of them) possibly did not have enough confidence in the initial premise of the violently manipulative and sexually frustrated mother figure, so there is a whole police investigation subplot very clumsily inserted into the story. Too much focus is put on these detectives and the murder they're investigating that involves the central…

  • Dreams

    Dreams

    ★★★★

    I feel like this film along with the late-in-life works of Akira Kurosawa tend to get a lot of shit from critics for being very self-indulgent and overly personal. Sometimes this criticism can be legitimate, but when leveled against Kurosawa and his film Dreams I just don't quite understand. Dreams is probably one of the most beautiful and relatable films I've ever seen. It is simultaneously a cinematic experience and a meditation on the human condition from one of the…

  • But I'm a Cheerleader

    But I'm a Cheerleader

    ★★★★★

    Just an all-around amazing movie

  • Europe '51

    Europe '51

    ★★★★½

    Wasn't really in the best headspace to watch this, but I'm glad I still pushed through and finished it. It really is an effective crash course on Marxism and how people in authority simply choose to not help the poor and downtrodden. Only thing I didn't really like about the story was the inciting incident. Bergman's ignoring of her son's needs serves as an effective metaphor for the ways in which the working class are ignored, but on a first viewing it feels kind of disjointed to go from the family troubles stuff to the analysis of capitalism stuff.

  • Gaslight

    Gaslight

    ★★½

    A mixed bag from a modern standpoint. There are many good cinematic moments throughout the movie, and the scenes that focus on the gaslighting are actually very dark and effectively executed, but the predictable overarching jewel thief storyline really trivializes everything that Ingrid Bergman's character goes through. It's not that you're being gaslit by an abusive partner, it's only his elaborate plan to steal your jewels. This really would've been more effective if this has been a slice of life…