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  • Black Holler

    Black Holler

    ★★★★★

    UPDATE, 5/26/19 - "Black Holler" won Best Feature Film at the Crimson Screen Horror Fest!

    UPDATE, 5/5/19 - The Crimson Screen Horror Fest has nominated Black Holler for SIX awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Jason Berg), Best Original Screenplay (Heidi Ervin, Rachel Ward Heggen and Jason Berg), Best Special Effects (Lance Allen and Brad Edwards), Best Actress (Tamiko Robinson-Steele) and Best Actor (me!). Very very cool...Thanks Charleston!

    UPDATE, 4/8/19 - "Black Holler" is screening at the Crimson Screen Horror Fest…

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  • Zardoz

    Zardoz

    ★★

    I wouldn't say I liked this, exactly, but I also don't ever envision saying the phrase "Oh man, this movie's just a ripoff of Zardoz!"

    Boorman's such an inventive director that he keeps me mesmerized throughout this batshit allegorical lunacy . . . visually, it's frequently spectacular. But damn, is it goofy.

  • Girlfriends

    Girlfriends

    ★★★★

    I tried watching this a couple of months ago. I realized I wasn't in the mood and turned it off within 10 minutes, resolving to watch again. Seeing it was about to leave the Criterion Channel at the end of the month, I took the plunge, and I'm so, so glad I did. What a warm, funny and influential film!

    Every performance is lived-in and terrific, especially Mayron, but Weill's direction makes everything so casual and real, in a way most filmmakers would kill for. I'm so glad I watched this.

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  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    ★★★★★

    In my preferred universe, this movie made a billion dollars and has a dozen sequels and there's a Lil' Master prequel cartoon and kids would yearn to grow up to be naval commanders. Instead it didn't even make $100 mil in the US and they haven't made another one. Bah.

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★

    Some of the most remarkable imagery I've ever seen, and I was antsy about an hour in. Fascinating and frustrating in equal measure. Jonathan Glazer is a genius, and I'll probably never see any of his films twice.