• Exit Wounds

    Exit Wounds

    ★★★

    tired: end-credits blooper reel

    wired: end-credits anthony anderson and tom arnold riffing on sex and shitting for six minutes

  • High School

    High School

    ★★★★

    "only a body doing a job" - one of the more haunting lines in Wiseman's filmography was captured right after he had thanked the school for letting him film and was getting ready to leave.

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  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    ★★½

    perfectly fine way to pass the time, i guess, and it looks pretty and Oldman's stoic performance is engaging, but this is ultimately pretty futile, joyless film that is so narrow in scope and self-involved that its reveal doesnt have any broader implication than "oh, it was that guy. huh.."

  • Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals

    Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals

    ★★½

    i'm guessing this is the most viewed of D'Amato's Emanuelle films because of the shock elements, which are some of its best moments. there are other great images her and there, but ultimately bogged down by the racism inherent to the subgenre. the stuff in America is often really cool tho

  • Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade

    Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade

    ★★½

    you could make the case that my lack of enthusiasm for this is because its my fifth in three days, but this one just didnt do a whole lot for me. perfectly fine. nothing in it even comes close to the underwater sequence of ...America or the score of ...Bangkok.

    that being said, I'm glad she was on the case and that her editors trust her so much.

  • Emanuelle Around the World

    Emanuelle Around the World

    ★★★

    it's nice watching Emanuelle globe-trot around some of the most beautiful places in the world, and D'Amato knows how to shoot an orgy, but this never bubbles above pleasant, despite George Eastman's appearance as the pre-ejac TM-practicing Guru Shanti

  • Emanuelle and Françoise

    Emanuelle and Françoise

    ★★½

    doesnt quite live up to its incredible premise, despite the last third being pretty wild. overall, lacks D'Amato usual poetry and he is much more convincing when portraying male rage than female.

  • Emanuelle in Bangkok

    Emanuelle in Bangkok

    ★★★★

    perhaps i'm being a bit generous here, but my enthusiasm for the pure vibes of this movie never waned. D'Amato, shooting under a DP alias, does beautiful work. and Nico Fidenco's score, especially the sex scene leitmotif, which becomes nearly incessant, never gets old.

    starting to realize the Em(m)aneuelle series might largely be about the safety and joy she finds having sex with women vs. the mechanical, painful, abusive sex she usually finds with men

  • Chef

    Chef

    ★★

    an obvious metatext about Favreau's saltiness over the bombing of Cowboys & Aliens in which he equates his work with Marvel to fine dining and, at one time, exciting, daring cuisine.

    he also equates Chef to going "back to his roots," creating out of joy. ironically, there is almost no moment in Chef that isn't clearly in service of its own gear-turning.

    also, a kid "geo-tagging" a food truck on twitter as a significant plot point is high on the cringe meter

  • A Lustful Mind

    A Lustful Mind

    ★★★

    nothin but class

  • Golden Temple Amazons

    Golden Temple Amazons

    ★★★

    the first act is kinda slow, and the whole thing would be kind of a slog if Jess Franco wasnt so good at creating good vibes. the really cool slow electronic score, done by Norbert Verrone (no clue if thats just another Franco pseudonym) also does a lot of heavy lifting here as well.

  • Raw Deal

    Raw Deal

    ★★★½

    loved the section where Arnie touched all his guns for like five minutes