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  • The Caller

    The Caller

    ★★★★½

    Oh boy. I had no idea what to expect from The Caller and once it finished, I was thinking I kinda loved it. It’s a small scale psychological thriller with three locations and two characters, separated into three acts and taking place perfectly over three days. What this movie doesn’t let on right away is that the whole damn thing is a puzzle. When the two characters meet at the beginning and the dialogue starts, it goes from what initially seemed…

  • Four of the Apocalypse

    Four of the Apocalypse

    ★★★★½

    Wow, I’m honestly kind of blown away. For a good portion of the movie, I got exactly what I would want from a Lucio Fulci western that I didn’t exactly get from Massacre Time: shocking violence (with blood squibs) and a generally carefree attitude towards death. Then eventually, it becomes something much better than I could have imagined. Fulci has always made incredibly entertaining movies with a sense of ironic detachment, but this is the first film I’ve seen of…

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  • Massacre Mafia Style

    Massacre Mafia Style

    ★★★½

    Let’s get the Godfather comparisons out of the way. That movie has sympathetic, complex characters with one of the greatest arcs in film history presented at a truly epic level of filmmaking. Massacre Mafia Style, the feature-length directorial debut of Vegas performer Duke Mitchell, has horribly despicable and racist characters with very little growth. It’s also a borderline incompetent no-budget production.

    But what Massacre Mafia Style lacks in gravitas it makes up for in AWESOME. As the title may suggest,…

  • The Swimmer

    The Swimmer

    ★★★★½

    “Friends are not deductible.”

    This movie nails the uncanny valley in such a precise way that’s impossible to look away from but also kind of terrifying. It’s a genre-less puzzle box of a movie that appears deceptively literal in its storytelling, but also resembles a nightmare. It really demands a second viewing, since it seems like so many little moments have clues to the themes of memory, perception, relationships, and the American dream as well as the incredibly ambiguous reality…

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  • Eraserhead

    Eraserhead

    ★★★★★

    I think Eraserhead is a masterclass in tone. It’s simultaneously one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen as well as one of the most unsettling. I’m also a sucker for movies that use the industrial Midwest as a backdrop for loneliness and loss of humanity in an evolving capitalistic landscape that pigeonholes and abuses people trying to survive. I also like when the Lady in the Radiator steps on the giant sperms and they make squishy sounds.

  • Weekend

    Weekend

    ★★★★½

    This movie nailed so many little emotions with incredible detail. It’s relaxed and ponderous, but with a tight urgency and cathartic wrap-up that gave me feelings I haven’t felt since I saw Before Sunrise at 13. Every moment feels very real without sacrificing the pitch-perfect structure and rhythm to the scenes. It’s easy for a movie of this kind to be bloated pretentious nonsense, but there was a briskness to it that had me glued to the screen until the bittersweet end.