• Creep

    Creep

    ★★★★½

    What has Mark Duplass been up to? (Update: upon hitting the IMDb I can see he’s been quite busy, that’s good) For a while there he was popping up in everything and I was all for it. His character here is so funny, so creepy, so uncomfortably real and oddly endearing.

    One of the best found footage style movies, but then again I love found footage so I like a lot of them. This is short and sweet, funny and scary, with a terrific punchline of an ending.

    Watching my entire collection in alphabetical order: Movie #300

  • The Crazies

    The Crazies

    ★★★★★

    An all-time favorite and a movie that means a great deal to me. When I first became obsessed with Dawn of the Dead (still my favorite movie of all time) around 1997 or so and was hunting down any other Romero movies I could find, this was one of my favorites. And like the whole Dead trilogy, I watched this a lot. Like a lot. To the point that I’m more or less familiar with every single frame even though I hadn’t…

  • Hollywood Dreams & Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story

    Hollywood Dreams & Nightmares: The Robert Englund Story

    ★★★½

    Unspectacular but satisfying and enjoyable documentary about the life and career of the one and only Robert Englund.

    I was surprised by how well it filled 130 minutes, doing so by taking its time. It’s a full 45 minutes before it even gets to Freddy Krueger, but that’s ok because his career before getting to that point was already quite interesting.

    Not the best of its kind, but I liked it quite a bit.

  • Bob Marley: One Love

    Bob Marley: One Love

    ★★½

    Another great artist gets an OK biopic.

    Kingsley Ben-Adir is very good and really sinks into the role, but it’s a template biopic all the way, checking off every box in the most perfunctory way.

    It’s hard to dislike when the music is this good, but that’s also part of the problem, since the soundtrack cues up another Bob Marley song every five minutes with mechanical regularity, which is even cheesier when the lyrics usually vaguely match the mood/plot at the moment. So predictable.

    Good acting, good music, good intentions, but you’d be much better served watching this excellent documentary.

  • What's Love

    What's Love

    ★★★

    What’s Love? More like WHAT IS THIS MOVIE? Philosophical/semi-experimental/pseudo-religious/time-traveling soft core? Sure, why not!

    Undeniably one-of-a-kind with a very entertaining first half, but much of the second half is a bit of a grind (pun intended). ‘80s Dad-Bod Bill Cable is kinda hot though.

    Feels a bit out of place in Vinegar Syndrome’s Lost Picture Show box set, but I’m not mad at it.

  • Crash

    Crash

    ★★★★½

    A truly confounding, challenging, and disturbing film. I see new things and think new thoughts with every viewing.

    So ahead of its time in some ways that it feels like we’re just now catching up with it. That doesn’t say good things about where we are now as a society but it definitely makes the film even more compelling.

    This time, it struck me that it feels almost like a metaphor for the internet (which is impossible of course because…

  • The Sex Serum of Dr. Blake

    The Sex Serum of Dr. Blake

    ★★★★

    As much as I enjoyed Barbara and Las Vegas Strangler, this is more what I had in mind with the Vinegar Syndrome Lost Picture Show box set of previously lost exploitation films!

    A wonderful disaster with a ridiculous story, packed with sex, violence, terrible writing and cosmically bad acting, filmed in lurid color and presented on a print that is beat to hell and loaded with scratches, scuffs, lines and missing frames (but still totally watchable). Watching this I genuinely felt like I could have just wandered into a grungy little theater on 42nd street, and it was great!

  • Antrum

    Antrum

    ★★★

    Excellent concept, not-quite-excellent execution. I was disappointed that the mock documentary portion of the film was so short (only the first few minutes and the last few) because there aren’t many things I like more than a horror mock documentary. More time spent in that format would have built anticipation for the “film” and would have made the “film” part not quite as drawn-out.

    As for the actual “cursed film” part, it starts out well and is pretty compelling for…

  • Crank: High Voltage

    Crank: High Voltage

    ★★★★★

    I take it back, this is definitely the true masterpiece of the Statham oeuvre.

    Every time I watch this movie I am amazed all over again that something this legitimately wild and weird got a wide theatrical release. It is pure mayhem from first frame to last in a way that other movies can only pretend to be.

    It's basically a Troma movie with a Hollywood budget, combined with the anything-goes spirit of a particularly insane post-Tarantino '90s indie and…

  • The Las Vegas Strangler

    The Las Vegas Strangler

    ★★★★

    Another grungy little grindhouse jewel from the Vinegar Syndrome Lost Picture Show box set!

    Mid-‘60s serial killer shenanigans, go-go dancing, psychosexual hang-ups, Mommy issues, forced cross-dressing, great old footage of the Las Vegas Strip, all in all a wild time. Loved it!

    I’ll never be able to hear Tommy Roe’s “Dizzy” again without thinking about some dude’s hairy butt!

  • Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls

    Onyx the Fortuitous and the Talisman of Souls

    ★★★★½

    I really loved this!! 100% my type of campy silliness. I wanted to see it, but was cautious because it looked fun in the same kind of way that PG: Psycho Goreman and Destroy All Neighbors! looked good and I wound up hating those.

    This is one is a blast. It’s got a cast of interesting, distinct, and likable characters, strong performances, an involving story, excellent, mostly-practical effects and puppetry reminiscent of Jim Henson’s work, lots of belly laughs, some suspense, and…

  • Crank

    Crank

    ★★★★½

    The true masterpiece of the Statham oeuvre? It’s either this or the even-more-bananas sequel!

    Crank may look like mainstream action from the outside, but it’s a wildly anarchic and bloody exploitation movie at heart, with tons of style and a vulgar sense of humor that makes it seem downright transgressive these days.

    Watching my entire collection in alphabetical order: Movie #296