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  • Pass the Ammo

    Pass the Ammo

    Hardcore hidden gem alert, y'all. This one really took me by surprise for just how hilarious it is. This is the kind of movie you want to introduce to fans of Tim Curry who haven't seen much past ROCKY HORROR and THE WORST WITCH. The actual televangelist bits are a bit overwrought and unlike anything I ever witnessed growing up in a fundamentalist Pentecostal home. However, there is one scene where the Curry is cold reading the audience, and that shit is absolutely spot-on with things I experienced. Check this out for an amazing cast and some really funny jokes.

  • Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II

    Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II

    Drags a bit, but more than makes up for it with some really, truly creative special effects. Great kills in this one. Better than the first one, for sure, and even better than De Palma's CARRIE for my money.

  • Possession

    Possession

    This gets a little up its own ass in parts, but there's no denying the draw in the hysteria. A fascinating examination of how toxic men see women, especially when those women seize their own agency. I dunno about that ending, though.

  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

    Why the unholy fuck wasn't this just an anthology movie?

    All due credit to Stephen Gammell, whose horrifying illustrations translate incredibly well to the screen. As the collector of the stories, Alvin Schwartz's contribution was doubtlessly valuable, but if you think we'd still be talking about these books without Gammell's illustrations, you're just wrong.

    There's some good filmmaking happening here, so I'm comfortabl laying my problems at the feet of the screenwriter. The central story did nothing for me, and…

  • Acrimony

    Acrimony

    Oh, man. This garbage fire is all kinds of entertaining. If you dug the absolutely bug-nuts SERENITY from earlier this year, this should totally be up your alley. Are all Tyler Perry movies like this? If so, I had no idea what I was missing. I can't believe they make the kind of money they do, which is the only explanation for his continuing career. He has no business being behind a camera, but I'm so grateful that he is. This is dat good trash.

  • Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling

    Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling

    ROCKO'S MODERN LIFE was one of my favorite cartoons as a kid, so I was excited to see what this would be, and I'm happy to say it kind of annoyed me--but like, in the way a manic, gross-out cartoon from your childhood should annoy you when you've outgrown that kind of humor. There's a great central message here, too. I wouldn't watch a whole season of this, but it was nice to revisit these characters.

  • The Basement

    The Basement

    Trashy, lo-fi fun. Breezy runtime. A few cool practical effects. Doesn't wear out its welcome or overextend its ambition.

  • The Gift

    The Gift

    A competent and entertaining murder mystery with some questionable ideas about the nature of justice.

    The cast is good despite half of them struggling with Southern accents, a fact made much more apparent when JK Simmons enters and shows them how the fuck it's done. I love Keanu and Cate with all my heart, but the casting director should've known better. Giovanni Ribisi is off the rails in this thing and needed to be reined in badly. I need him…

  • Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh

    Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh

    Very nearly a good movie if not for a few annoyances that keep it from living up to the original film. The jump scares in this are all "gotchas," with none of them representing an actual threat. This movie relies on a new scare tactic where a random black guy who is not Candyman will appear in a mirror behind a character. It's pretty problematic. Like, Candyman is scary because he's Candyman, but if you're going to play the "black…

  • Ouija: Origin of Evil

    Ouija: Origin of Evil

    A very solid little creeper with an absolutely dreadful child performance that nearly ruins the whole thing. Flanagan's fundamentals are strong, and while I wouldn't necessarily call myself a fan, I'm comfortable calling him reliable. He really needs help casting and directing children, though. That's clearly his biggest weakness. And with DOCTOR SLEEP just around the corner, I'm concerned about those flashbacks with young Danny Torrance. But against all odds, this sequel to a very bad movie is worth a watch for a fairly compelling family dynamic, some nice atmospheric stuff, and a few good scares.

  • Young Rebels

    Young Rebels

    One more down in my journey to watch all of Amir Shervan's films, and yet again, the filmmaker's consistency is what impresses me the most. If you've liked any of his movies, there's something for you here, and you know exactly what you're getting.

  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Cute and a little weird, but maybe not weird enough?

    This is a gorgeous movie--shot on film with meticulously crafted, neon-washed production design. I bought into the construction of this fictional place so fully that when one character refers to France, it felt jarring, begging the question, "France exists? Is this Earth?"

    The story felt a little flat to me. Lots of running around and "stuff happening," but the revelations didn't come off all that... well... revelatory. Performances were mostly…