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  • The Jackhammer Massacre

    The Jackhammer Massacre

    ★★★½

    #52LGBTQFilms 2021 pt. 10.
    #52FilmsByPOC 2021 pt. 10.

    Joe Castro is quickly becoming one of my favorite DTV auteurs. This is so oddly structured: the first half is a Requiem for a Dream-esque drug horror spiral, then the second half goes full slasher. There is a flash-forward included at the start though, because Joe's instincts know that somebody who pops in a movie called The Jackhammer Massacre is gonna need to see somebody get jackhammered in the first 10 minutes.…

  • The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here!

    The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here!

    ★★★

    #52LGBTQFilms 2021 pt. 9.

    Animal cruelty alert: a mouse is tortured and stabbed in this movie and it does not appear to be simulated.

    There is SO much Andy Milligan in this movie, literally and figuratively. A zero-budget period piece with an exploitation horror premise though most of the runtime is spent on shrieking family dysfunction, hysterical overacting, terribly unerotic sexuality and Milligan himself in not one, but TWO parts, as a rat salesman and a gun salesman/silversmith. This might…

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  • Toolbox Murders

    Toolbox Murders

    ★★★★★

    The film that opened my eyes to Tobe Hooper's brilliance was neither The Texas Chain Saw Massacre nor Poltergeist (though I had previously seen both) but rather Toolbox Murders. I was 18 years old, living with my parents and unemployed, having withdrawn from college after a disastrous first semester. It was the beginning of a four-year spiral of depression, isolation and substance abuse: the darkest period of my life thus far.

    I rented Toolbox Murders from my local Hollywood Video…

  • Waves

    Waves

    ★½

    Apparently this hasn't been seen/reviewed by anybody in my letterboxd circle yet, and I know it's gonna get a bunch of Oscars and shit so let me be the first to say FUCK THIS MOVIE.

    It's nothing but a naive white perspective on African American trauma that views white pain with compassion and black pain as spectacle, dressed up with a bunch of flashy film-bro stylistics and superficial "whoa Tarkovsky" masturbatory references, all to disguise the fundamental problem that this…