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  • Days of Heaven
  • The Gleaners and I
  • The In-Laws
  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

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  • Host

    ★★★½

  • Hard Boiled

    ★★★★

  • Krautrock : The Rebirth of Germany

    ★★★

  • Silver Bullet

    ★★★

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  • Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains

    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains

    ★★★★

    Ramshackle film about the consequences of image creation and the trajectories of cultural movements. After seeing what looks like raw primitive energy in a performance from the Looters, Corrine "3rd Degree" Burns decides to make her band the Stains (who've rehearsed 3 times ["but they were long ones"]) the real deal. She acts on impulse, changes her look completely, and says what she wants to say. It's only afterwards that she realizes the Looters aren't as authentic as they seemed,…

  • Too Many Ways to Be No. 1

    Too Many Ways to Be No. 1

    ★★★★

    A watch, an unheard palm reading, a man wanders down the street smoking and runs into a hood friend. Soon he's at a table with a newly formed roughshod gang, picking up the check and following the crew to a massage parlor. The bill for the spa service comes. Nobody's paying. And before we know it, the camera's upside down. Uncoordinated fighting, bewildered escape and horribly gruesome accidents quickly follow.

    Right off the bat Too Many Ways to Be No.…

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  • Host

    Host

    ★★★½

    Gave me some good spooks! Writer-director Rob Savage* savvily employs the kitschy features and frequent tech glitches of video conferencing to create tension or control tension through a bit of levity. In fact one late false scare and the film's very ending rely on an annoying facet of software. Savage also somehow finds a way to use the specific visual deficiencies of webcams and front-facing phone cameras to create some strong images within the constraints of found-footage POV shooting. Thanks…

  • Silver Bullet

    Silver Bullet

    ★★★

    Rock solid werewolf jam. Corey Haim is Marty, a wheelchair-bound pre-teen. His older sister Jane (Megan Follows) is suffering from carer fatigue due to their parents leaving many of the responsibilities regarding Marty to her and not acknowledging the stress this puts on Jane. Mom's brother Uncle Red (Gary Busey) is a Wild Turkey-swigging boozer, who builds a motorized wheelchair that can hit highway speeds (he does this in the family's garage, without the mom and dad ever noticing somehow?)…

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  • Repulsion

    Repulsion

    ★★★★

    Throw out that fucking rabbit jesus christ

  • A Hole in My Heart

    A Hole in My Heart

    ★½

    Despite its [SCREECHING NOISE] efforts to employ avant- [SOUND CUTS OUT FOR 4 SECONDS, THEN SCREECHING NOISE OVER PIXELATION] garde technique to discuss [REVIEW GOES NIGHTVISION AND SOUND DOESN'T MATCH IMAGE] sexual desire and past trauma and parenting I don [SCREECHING, SCARE CUTS TO VAGINAL SURGERY] 't think A Hole in My Heart succeeds at articulating any of its ideas astutely.