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  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★★

    God, what can I possibly say on this film on my what, 10th viewing? "Inglourious Basterds" has gone down, for me, as a bonified masterwork and one of the staples of my cinematic journey; it's hard talking about it because in all honesty, what can be said about it that hasn't been said? It's both Tarantino rewriting the history we've been taught and him creating history through film language. We know "Inglourious Basterds" like we know Tarantino's other films, but…

  • Death Proof

    Death Proof

    ★★★★½

    It's safe to say that "Death Proof," Tarantino's 5th feature film, hasn't faired the fairytale legacy like his other works have: it's often considered to be Tarantino's worst film and even he has stated that it's his worst film (although has still expressed admiration for it). And for awhile, my skepticism of "Death Proof" stemmed from Tarantino and other movie goers and how they, too considered it to be the man's weakest film. So already, anyone's vision of what "Death…

  • Mikey and Nicky

    Mikey and Nicky

    ★★★★★

    It's inarguable that "The Godfather" and "The Godfather Part II" revolutionized the Gangster genre and managed to change the entire ball game when it came to storytelling and since then, we've gotten many iconic pictures about criminals living the life of luxury, observing the toll a life of crime has on individuals, and witnessing countless bloodbaths and murders; but while films like "Goodfellas" and "Once Upon a Time in America" showcase the glitz and glamour, every gangster film reminds us…

  • Phantom of the Paradise

    Phantom of the Paradise

    ★★★★★

    At first glance, people might look at "Phantom of the Paradise" as being a "Rocky Horror Picture Show" ripoff, or at least something less than the acclaimed rock opera, but beneath the campy costumes, elaborate set design, and out-of-this-world performances, "Phantom of the Paradise" manages to remain textually better in every way and among the greatest films of the 1970's, as well as being one of De Palma's many, many achievements - I wouldn't argue with anyone saying that this…

  • The Wicker Man

    The Wicker Man

    ★★★★

    haven't seen the original...oops

    A strange beast, but nonetheless a fascinating film; to even murmur this version of "The Wicker Man" is to only cause copious amounts of internet jokes and memes, bad Nicolas Cage impressions, and silly dialogue quotes, but in all honestly, there's a lot here to enjoy (and yes, even as a straightforward remake). But let's get the obvious out of the way: this is one of the great modern Horror comedies and its unintentional jokes and…

  • The Stepfather

    The Stepfather

    ★★★★½

    Its predictability only fuels this thing even further; it's fairly obvious on what this film has to say about 80's American ideas and how irrationally stupid they were, but what makes "The Stepfather" so frightening is O'Quinn's unstable performance, playing two dual roles: the average Joe father, who loves his family and wants to accomplish everything that's expected of him and the inner frustration and anger and pain it takes to get to that end goal.

    O'Quinn, who is honestly…

  • Hi, Mom!

    Hi, Mom!

    ★★★★★

    When you dissect the films of Brian De Palma, they feel separated by different styles, segments, or chapters. His filmography, whether you like the films or not, show an auteur as he progresses through the form, changing his style and balancing his old-school ideas with his observant and fresh new ones; his early works feels more satirical and evaluative, while his 70's work is arguably his most diverse work - De Palma tackles so many genres in this decade, furthering…

  • Freddy Got Fingered

    Freddy Got Fingered

    ★★★★½

    Comedy began with Chaplin and ended with Green; we’ve just been trying to scramble shit together since. 

    Hollywood: give him the reigns again. Grow the balls you need.

  • Vincent Gallo as Flying Christ

    Vincent Gallo as Flying Christ

    Vincent Gallo and Christ haven’t been in the same room together 

    CONFIRMED

  • Femme Fatale

    Femme Fatale

    ★★★★½

    "And if you could see the future in a crystal ball, or in the palm of your hand, or in a dream, would you change it?"

    "Yup"

    De Palma's no stranger in understanding his form: a B-rate, trashy, sleazy (and drugged) Hitchcock with a huge boner. This is known when going into "Femme Fatale," but I wasn't expecting a film....so different from the usual pulp squeeze De Palma makes! De Palma takes every expectation that's predicted of him and throws…

  • Body Double

    Body Double

    ★★★★★

    For my money, it's very close to being De Palma's greatest achievement - only "Blow Out," a career culmination/ melding of styles remains atop the list - and one of the defining films about Hollywood ever made; "Body Double" is, without a doubt, the definitive De Palma feature, with his signature motifs and techniques, sleaze and trash nature, enriching score, looming disaster, women in peril, a murder with a motive, and a twist that keeps the audience from guessing everything…

  • Sisters

    Sisters

    ★★★★

    De Palma has been noted for practically worshipping Hitchcock's form before - and when watching almost any of his films, it's hard to not see the comparison - and in "Sisters," I'd argue that this feels like the most Hitchcockian of his work; what starts off as a political glimpse into the liberation movement and the battle between press and politics, "Sisters" tumbles into signature De Palma-esque motifs, filled to the brim with ideas and techniques from Hitchcock's 50's work.…