• Forty Guns

    Forty Guns

    ★★★★

    I'm not exaggerating when I say one of the greatest cinematic crimes is that we never got a Cat Ballou vs Jessica Drummond western. We get Stanwyck/Fonda overlap in Walk on the Wild Side, so why can't we get a full-on western heist joint??

    Forty Guns starts light and ends dark, just how I like my westerns. Fuller pitches the tonal changes, so that they flow perfectly into one another. The enjoyment, damn-near western sex comedy, of the first half…

  • White Material

    White Material

    ★★★½

    Isabelle Huppert is able to dig into roles unlike any other actress. She's more than a person in White Material. She's the coffee plantation that she doesn't own. She's an emblem and product of the colonial influence. She's complicated. You don't know whether to root for and root against. She makes it uncomfortable for you to choose. She's a weed in a land that working to turn itself over. The history of the land tills itself in a constant cycle…

  • Zombie Nightmare

    Zombie Nightmare

    ★★½

    The case is closed, long live the case.

    It feels wrong seeing Adam West smoking and cursing. MST3K episode is genuinely hilarious the whole way through.

  • Two Thousand Maniacs!

    Two Thousand Maniacs!

    ★★★

    As someone from the South and that has actually lived in the rural South, I can confidently say none of this is exaggerated except for the fact that there aren't enough people on the outskirts of the celebrations incessantly gossiping.

    19/52 The 2021 Cult Movie Challenge: HG Lewis Week

  • Piranha

    Piranha

    ★★★★

    Joe Dante gives us everything we want out of a movie called Piranha, and even more that we didn't know we wanted!

    -Lots of piranha-induced gore and mayhem
    -Lots of murky underwater piranha action shots
    -Not a lot of clothes
    -Dick Miller as a mayor modeled 1:1 off of the mayor from Jaws
    -Government conspiracies
    -One-off Harryhausen-esque creature in a secret lab that's never explained or mentioned or seen again?????

  • The Fear

    The Fear

    ★½

    The mannequin is genuinely unnerving, and that poster is nightmare fuel. The very 90s characters and aesthetic are, initially, cool for the novelty. However, The Fear is written too poorly to have nostalgic fun with its hardcore 90s vibes, and the characters get old real fast. Seriously, tremendously bad characters, even by 90s horror standards. Why would they ever make this movie 100 minutes. This could've been a tight 80 minutes.

  • Werewolf

    Werewolf

    ½

    She became a werewolf through osmosis!

    The best part was the song mashup riffing over the credits. Fantastic MST3K episode.

  • East Side, West Side

    East Side, West Side

    ★★★½

    East Side, West Side is one of the better mid-century melodramas I've seen. All four of the main characters, played by Barbara Stanwyck, James Mason, Ava Gardner, and Van Heflin, fill believable spaces and their actions all make sense for who they are. Something I can't say about all of these melodramas. These are people trying to live their life, and hollow out their own space. They just can't figure out the overlap. Everything Ava Gardner does is seductive and…

  • The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb

    The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb

    ★★½

    The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb really takes it's time to set up the curse and the setting. As always, Hammer's production is lavish and vibrant all the way through, but there's no real captivating action until the Mummy shows up. Let me say though, it gets much better when the Mummy shows up. That said, it's the exact same formula as the first Hammer Mummy film, so we're not getting anything we haven't already seen. Michael Carreras direction is solid and the leads all give respectable performances. However, they're no Terence Fisher, Peter Cushing, or Christopher Lee, so it's a noticeable difference.

  • Gamera vs. Guiron

    Gamera vs. Guiron

    ★★★

    Gamera vs Moonrise Kingdom 

    Gamera movies are made for MST3k

  • Ladies of Leisure

    Ladies of Leisure

    ★★½

    Absolutely need the BSPPPGCU (Barbara Stanwyck/Parker Posey party girl cinematic universe).

    Stanwyck is acting circles around everyone else and it's not even close. The romantic tension she's able to pull out of scenes despite her romantic interest being a wooden plank is truly impressive. I feel like this'll be a regular happening in these pre-code Babs films. Here's to finding out as I watch her movies all month!

    17/52 for 52 Years In 52 Weeks: 1930

  • Mauvais Sang

    Mauvais Sang

    ★★★★★

    Do you think there's a love that burns fast but lasts forever?

    Agnès Varda's One Hundred and One Nights ends with a clip of Lavant running to Bowie's Modern Love, so of course I had to rewatch Mauvais Sang. Don't take my word that it's one of the greatest scenes put to film, take Varda's.

    The true joy in the actions of the characters, especially the interactions between Lavant and Binoche, is what gives Mauvais Sang endless rewatchability. The pineapple…