Steve Carlson

Steve Carlson

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Favorite films

  • Un Chien Andalou
  • A Man Escaped
  • Braindead
  • Red Spirit Lake

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  • Discarnate

    ★½

  • Tigresa

    ★★★★★

  • Evolver

    ★★★

  • The Curse of the Crying Woman

    ★★★★

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  • Shatter Dead

    Shatter Dead

    ★★★★

    One thing I've learned about myself while immersed in the world of SOV is that I no longer really give a tin shit whether or not something is narratively coherent or how formally impressive it is or isn't if, at bottom, it makes emotional sense to me. Shatter Dead is better made than most at this level because Scooter McCrae is a thoughtful dude with a number of strong ideas and a visual sense that finds striking images whenever he…

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  • Discarnate

    Discarnate

    ★½

    The Important Cinema Club Super Scary Movie Challenge: Entry #3

    Category: A horror film featuring a non-binary actor

    Man, you know how empty a film has to be to make me nostalgic for Event Horizon?

  • Evolver

    Evolver

    ★★★

    The Important Cinema Club Super Scary Movie Challenge: Entry #2

    Category: A film featuring a killer robot (no androids or cyborgs)

    Funny how one choice can be life or death for a film. The opening scene promises 90 minutes of the worst, most dated aspects of '90s VR cinema hitched to a fundamentally unlikable protagonist. Then the robot named in the title shows up, the kid who won it flips it on... and the avuncular vocal tones of William H.…

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  • Beyond the Black Rainbow

    Beyond the Black Rainbow

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Rather than a proper review, I'd like to address something I've been seeing a lot vis-a-vis this here movie. In other words, I'm about to break this shit down real small.

    Great visual experience, but oh that ending! That seems to be a standard knock on Panos Cosmatos's sumptuous, thrilling sensory blast Beyond the Black Rainbow, to where even its champions feel like apologizing the last fifteen away. Nuts to that. Its ending is terrific, a sudden disorienting gearshift that…

  • Kung Fury

    Kung Fury

    Creatively bankrupt dead-eyed smug garbage masquerading as nostalgia-humping homage. Fuck this. Fuck all of this. Fuck everything it represents.