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  • Zombie Flesh Eaters

    Zombie Flesh Eaters

    Post-narrative. This is not to confirm the common (mis)conception that Fulci is narratively inept (this idea is directly contrasted earlier in his career: Don't Torture a Duckling is a fluid network narrative decades ahead of the vogue; Beatrice Cenci cogently layers differing flashbacks, investigations, and personal reflections). Rather, Fulci here begins his radical stage (culminating in the films he'd make in the 1980s) of dismantling linear plot in order to explore ideas or aesthetics.

    Fulci, however, does not fully abandon…

  • Predator


    Not as fluid as McTiernan films to come -- he finessed his cutting philosophy with Frank Urioste and Jan de Bont during the production and post-production of Die Hard -- but clearly, robustly the work of a born filmmaker. Not only for his ability to create space out of the jungle, but also for his ability to give a plastic reality to thought and emotion through the camera.

    The long takes are unassuming yet sinuous: a dolly shot of the…

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  • Cry Macho

    Cry Macho

    "This is a 20th century time machine... Out there, that's the future, and back there, well that's the past. If life's moving too slow, and you wanna project yourself into the future, just step on the gas right here. See? And if you wanna slow 'er down, well hell, you just step on the brake here, and you slow 'er down. This is the present, Philip. Enjoy it while it lasts." -- Butch, A Perfect World

    Simple sentiments expressed simply:…

  • Honkytonk Man

    Honkytonk Man

    For me, this is too episodic to really land all its punches, although there’s an interesting diurnal/nocturnal divide, vivid through Surtees’ chiaroscuro, that streaks death and pain through otherwise sunny pastoral vistas. Here is where it shares a relationship with Bronco Billy, namely in contemplating the whys of a popular art, but it’s less odious than the 1980 film, principally because it’s not trying to validate a myth but instead finding the roots of said culture in shared hardship and…

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    There will be plenty of other reviews covering this film's themes, relationship to its predecessors, etc., so just a brief note on its form. Because what struck me, on first viewing (even on a sub-optimal rip), was its ability to inspire awe in the superheroic -- no small feat on a desktop screen, in a questionably chosen aspect ratio. Actual wonder in the spectacle.

    The similarities to the Whedon cut only make Snyder's unique action that much more palpable. And…

  • Point Break

    Point Break

    The most erotic and Romantic American action film, and consequently the greatest. Some have tried to extract a thesis in the ensuing years (pick your topic: toxic masculinity, nihilism, etc), which misses Bigelow’s (then) focus, that being the creation of a sensual, totally visceral genre cinema. Certainly, she offers her fair share of observations on masculinity, on law, on the death drive, these constituting the human drama, the violent conflict which propels the plot. But the affective thread is erotic…